Kristen is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate studying in American politics. She holds a B.A in Government & Politics and History from the University of Maryland. Prior to attending Brown, Kristen was a corps member with Teach For America, teaching social studies to middle and high school students in Title I schools. She has also worked with the University of Maryland’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship to analyze the role of the Tea Party within state legislatures. Kristen’s research interests include urban politics, community development, and American political development.