I will begin an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Davidson College in July, and will soon defend my doctoral dissertation 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. Much of my work focuses on higher education institution lobbyists and their activities in Washington, DC, but I also am interested in how state-level political decisions – like raising the minimum wage – impact higher education institutions.