I’m a Ph.D. candidate studying higher education policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. My research interests include higher education policy and finance, politics and public opinion as related to equity in higher education, public management, and civic engagement. I examine higher education institutions as political actors and the outcomes associated with their attempts to impact the political process. My dissertation focuses on higher education institution lobbyists and their activities in Washington, DC. I hope to earn a tenure-track assistant professor position in public policy, higher education, or public administration and expect to graduate in Spring 2018.