I’m a 2nd-year PhD student in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Before Irvine, I received a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University

My research interests are in race and ethnicity politics, political culture, digital media, and social movements. 

You can reach me by email here: mkgard@uci.edu. 

Or follow me on twitter: @mchllgrdnr.


  • A Robinsonian Reckoning of the Rise of Trumpism (email for draft) 
  • The Foundations of the Alt-Right Movement (email for draft)


77th Annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, USA
Race, Class, and Ethnicity Section
“Political Mobilization and Social Movements” Paper Session
Thursday, April 4th, 2019 @ 3:00 to 4:30 PM

2019 Meeting of the Western Political Science Association (WPSA)
The Manchester Hyatt, San Diego, CA, USA
Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section
“Race, Ethnicity, and Partisanship” Panel
Saturday, April 20th, 2019 @ 10:00 to 11:45 AM