Clark received her Ph.D. in Political Science and Statistical Methods from Indiana University and her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Political Science and Mathematics from the University of Mississippi. Her areas of specialization include American legislative institutions, state politics, and public policy. During 2008-2009, she served as an APSA Congressional Fellow. She received the Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Houston in 2014. Her book, Minority Parties in U.S. Legislatures: Conditions of Influence, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015. Her research has also appeared in such journals as The American Political Science Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
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Explores how partisanship in government affects subnational-level inequality in health care coverage in the context of racial diversity.
Investigates the Twitter activity of all congressional candidates leading up to the 2012 U.S. House elections to assess whether there are significant differences in the tone and content of the tweets from male and female candidates.
Examines the degree to which members of the minority party can pass their policies and win valuable committee assignments in all 99 state legislatures and the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
Investigates the relationship between electoral institutions and committee autonomy in the context of U.S. state legislatures.
Examines how examine how one particular electoral institution – district magnitude – shapes the substantive representation of women.