Research Statement

My primary research is in the law of democracy with a focus on the theoretical, doctrinal, and ideological dimensions of vote denial. In past work, I have investigated how racial oppression and class-based oppression manifest through the hyper-regulation of the right to vote. My prior articles have examined how this hyper-regulation manifests in voter identification laws, voter fraud claims, felon disenfranchisement laws, and other contexts. This work has been bolstered by my theoretical explorations of tiered legal personhood in regards to privilege and subordination within citizenship status. My current research extends this agenda through two distinct projects: (1) a book-length project exploring how the voter fraud myth distorts the normative and functional meanings of democracy and (2) an article series that explore the interrelationship of disinformation and voter suppression. This work will lead to a comparative examination of the voter suppression phenomenon, an examination of the role of race consciousness in American constitutional law, and other research that extends my work on marginalization in democracy while incorporating my secondary research interests in political theory, critical race theory, and legal history.

Below is a list of all my scholarly articles that are available online. For a full list of publications, consult my C.V.

Scholarly Articles

“This Lawsuit Smacks of Racism”: Disinformation, Racial Coding, and the 2020 Election, Louisiana Law Review, Vol. 82: Iss. 2 (2022)

The Voting Rights Paradox: Ideology and Incompleteness of American Democratic Practice, Georgia Law Review Vol. 55: Iss. 3 (2021)

Voter Fraud as an Epistemic Crisis for the Right to Vote, Mercer Law Review Vol 71: Iss. 3 (2020)

The Dignity Problem of American Election Integrity, Howard Law Journal, Vol. 62: Iss. 3 (2019)

Normalizing Domination, CUNY Law Review Vol. 20: Iss. 20 (2017).

When Political Domination Becomes Racial Discrimination: NAACP v. McCrory and the Inextricable Problem of Race in Politics, South Carolina Law Review Vol. 68 (2017).

Economic Precarity, Race, and Voting Structures, Kentucky Law Journal Vol. 104: Iss. 4 (2016).

Race, Class, and Structural Discrimination: On Vulnerability within the Political Process, Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development Vol. 28: Iss. 1, Article 4 (2015).

Tiered Personhood and the Excluded Voter, Chicago-Kent Law Review Vol. 90: Iss. 2, Article 4 (2015).

The Star Trek Enrichment Series: An Exploration in Teaching and Learning, Howard Law Journal Vol. 58: Iss. 2, (2015) (with Okianer Christian Dark).

Reviving the Dream: Equality and the Democratic Promise in the Post Civil Rights Era, Michigan State Law Review Vol. 2014 No. 3 (2015).

The Meme of Voter Fraud, Cath. U. L. Rev. Vol. 63: Iss. 4, Article 2 (2014).

A Price Too High: Efficiencies, Voter Suppression, and the Redefining of Citizenship, Southwestern University Law Review Vol. 43: Iss. 4 (2014).

Polley v. Radcliffe: A New Way to Address an Original Sin, West Virginia Law Review Vol. 115: No. 2 (2012).

Citizens United and Tiered Personhood, John Marshall Law Review Vol. 44: Iss. 3, Article 7 (2011).

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