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Assistant Professor of Political Science


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2020
  • B.A., Drury University, 2015

Teaching Specialties

  • American Government
  • State Politics
  • Legislative Politics
  • American Political Institutions

Research Interests

  • State Legislatures
  • Legislative Careerism
  • Legislative Term Limits


  • American Political Science Association 
  • American Political Science Association — State Politics & Policy Section
  • Southern Political Science Association 


Dr. Butcher is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her work centers on American Political institutions, with specialization in legislative institutions. She primarily teaches American Government and Legislative Politics. Dr. Butcher's current research centers on state legislative term limits and legislative careerism. Her research has been published in PS:Political Science and Politics and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. She has presented her work at various academic conferences and is a part of the American Political Science Association State Politics Section. Dr. Butcher focuses on a mix of quantitative and qualitative research and has conducted interviews in four state legislatures.