I am a political scientist who studies American politics, with a focus on political institutions. My dissertation explores the factors that are associated with members of Congress behaving as “policy wonks.” Broadly, I am interested in how the American legislative, administrative, and legal systems shape the policymaking process.

I defended and deposited my dissertation in August 2018, and I will receive my Ph.D from the University of Illinois this winter.  I received my B.A. from the University of Nebraska in 2008 and my J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2011.

I will serve as an APSA Congressional Fellow from fall 2018 through summer 2019.

My CV is available here.