I have both academic and work experience with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in terms of gathering, manipulating, and interpreting data. My strengths throughout my professional and academic life are not only superior interpersonal, writing, and research abilities, but also a talent for explaining complex public policy and political ideas in a plainspoken manner that is easy for various policy stakeholders to understand. My research interest has been mainly concerned with increasing political incorporation of African Americans in particular, and marginalized people of color in general. I consider myself an activist/scholar who has a responsibility to bridge the divide that often exists between ideas and actions.
I believe that these aforementioned qualifications along my intense work ethic as well as my unique personal story, which involved overcoming poverty through academic achievement, would make me an outstanding addition to any team. In addition, I have experience both with conducting political and market research telephone and in person survey interviews, but also have helped coordinate some focus groups. While much of my recent writing experience has been in the academic world, I have had many years of private sector customer service and managerial experience as well as editing a political science journal.
My varied experiences have taught me how to build strong relationships with all departments at an organization as well as work both within, and across teams.
December 2012 to December 2013
Conducting secondary research on core public policy issues aas well as writing memos highlighting key trends.
Assisting with statistical analysis using STATA.
Providing background research for media appearances
Providing editorial assistance for publications, such as completing citations.
Tracking and blogging news coverage and events on various public policy issues.
September 2012 to February 2013
As a member of the School Leadership Team at Bronx Engineering & Technology Academy presiding over the development of school’s budget and Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and facilitating the joint development of school policy, parent involvement and student achievement by the various members of the SLT.
September 2011 to September 2012
As a member of the School Leadership Team at Bronx Engineering & Technology Academy I assist the development of school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and offer consultation on the joint development of school policy, parent involvement and student achievement.
September 2009 to January 2010
Examined the role and impact of organized labor in American politics and explored the history and development of the American labor movement; its significance as a central political actor in major social policy debates of the 20th century.
June 2006 to June 2008
The California Votes Initiative is a multi-year project funded by the James Irvine Foundation to increase voter turnout among low propensity communities in Central and Southern California. As part of the evaluation team, headed by project PI Dr. Melissa R. Michelson, organized, coded, and evaluated quantitative data using Excel and SPSS. Conducted qualitative, contextual research on various election cycles.
CSUEB student journal of politics
August 2006 to June 2007
International and Comparative Politics Editor
Worked with other editors to review and select articles for publication using a blind review process. Worked with accepted authors to improve and polish articles for publication. Organized corporate fundraising efforts and worked with other editors on alumni fundraising and production, including design, cover art selection, layout, and proofreading.
May 2000 to November 2000
Distributed campaign information in district and at events
Participated in telephone Get-Out-The Vote effort
Gained knowledge of grassroots retail campaigning
February 1995 to May 1997
Managed a staff of 30-50 employees to deliver time sensitive mail to offices in downtown Washington DC. I was in charge of hiring and firing the staff as well as scheduling shifts for the sorters and deliverers. My additional duties included maintain correspondence with clients and calculation payroll for the entire office. My most significant accomplishment was getting hired as a mail delivery person and excel to the extent that I was asked to be the operations major.
Telephone Polling Interviewer
April 1994 to November 1994
Assisted in nationwide telephone political polling
Assisted with setting up focus groups and gained knowledge of nonpartisan political opinion polling
PhD in American Politics with a research focus on African American political behavior and participation
2008 to 2010
B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies
2004 to 2007
A direct, articulate writer and communicator able to present and synthesize complex material into cogent messages for diverse audiences. Skilled time management professional who consistently achieves project completion while maintaining a professional manner under tight deadlines. Creative, energetic, unconventional thinker that seizes all opportunities to translate ideas with exceptional imagination, image and style. Proficient in SPSS & STATA, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office, Internet, WordPerfect, Outlook, Lexis-Nexis, J-Stor, and bibliographic search engines
Columbia University Teaching Fellowship
Columbia University Graduate Fellowship
American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program
J. Malcolm Smith Scholarship Recipient for Academic Excellence
American Political Science Association
January 2006 to Present
National Conference of Black Political Scientists
September 2008 to Present
Western Political Science Association
January 2006 to September 2008
California Sociological Association
January 2006 to September 2008
The Browning of Europe: A Comparative Analysis of British, French, and German Reaction to Postwar Immigration
May 1, 2007
East Bay Politica (Spring 2007): 13-24. Hayward: California State University East Bay.
The Changing U.S. Electorate
January 8, 2013
Engaging Every Voter in the Lone Star State
February 4, 2013
Access to Affordable Higher Education is a National Security Issue
February 28, 2013
Good Grades or No Groceries: Linking Entitlements to School Performance
May 7, 2013
The Myth of the Black-on-Black Crime Epidemic
June 29, 2013
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS November 2007
"Bridging the Divide: Tackling African American Socio-Economic Disparity as Means of Political Incorporation"
Paper presented at the California Sociological Association 2007 Annual Meeting, Berkeley, CA