I received my PhD in American Government from Georgetown University in Spring 2016, and will be an Assistant Professor of American Politics at Miami University of Ohio beginning in Fall 2016. I am in the process of revising my dissertation, “A Party Within A Party: How the Tea Party Coopted the Republican Party,” into a book manuscript. This project describes the Tea Party’s strategy as one of a party within a party, and focuses on the role of activists in shaping this strategy. Rather than merely directing its animus against liberals,the Tea Party mobilized against the Republican Party in primaries and beyond.
I draw from original survey, interview, Tea Party blog, and social network datasets to explain the Tea Party’s strategy for mobilization as transcending the focused aims of a party faction. It instead works to co-opt the Republican Party’s political and electoral machinery in order to gain control of the party. For more information, see the “research” page.
Contact me at: rb459[asperand]georgetown[dot]edu