Research focus is on Congress, African American Politics, Electoral Behavior, Public Opinion, Representation, Identity Politics and Political Parties. Named to the 2012-2013 class of the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Congressional Fellows. Published When the Letter Betrays the Spirit: Voting Rights Enforcement and African American Participation from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama (2011). Was a Spring 2012 Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies. Elected President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (2011-2013). Co-Chair of the CAHSS Black Faculty Committee and member of the Executive Committee on the Recruitment, retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty.