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 dignity, identity, and the American franchise. 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

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, 90 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, 63 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).