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: who is the Tea Party? 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.

Other research interests include religion and politics, public opinion, parties, and social movements.

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


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