Hello and welcome! I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My teaching interests broadly involve American politics and political psychology. Check out the Teaching section to read about my teaching experience and current course schedule.


After running a food Instagram account and writing restaurant reviews in North Carolina, I strived to incorporate my personal interests with my professional training. If you want to read the long version of how I became a “political scientist who studies food,” check out the About Amy section.

If you want to check out my Instagram account, click on the photos on the right toolbar. All pictures are my own. Also feel free to peruse a selection of my food writing by clicking the Food Writing page. If you know any new restaurants in Pennsylvania or want to collaborate on all things food, please send me an email sentemen@gmail.com.