Dr. Flaherty earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Duke University. She received her M.A. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Sydney and B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of Richmond. Her research interests and teaching interests include minority and identity based politics, with a focus on American Indian and indigenous peoples’ politics and African American politics. Dr. Flaherty joins Merrimack College from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she was an assistant professor.