About me


I am a PhD Candidate in American Government at Georgetown University.

My dissertation, “The Tea Party: A Party within a Party” 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. Chapters focus on the questions: what is the Tea Party’s network? What is the Tea Party’s ideology? And why not the GOP? Throughout, I engage with the broader question of how ¬†ideological social movements shape and interact with political parties. For more information, see the “research” page.

On the side, I train seriously in Jiu Jitsu, and teach piano lessons.

Contact me at: rb459[asperand]georgetown[dot]edu


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