Overview

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 currently serve as Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University. I teach political science, research methods, and data analysis courses. From 2018-2019, I was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), where my policy portfolio focused on criminal justice reform.

My research on the legislative consequences of congressional scandals appears in Political Research Quarterly (with Tracy Sulkin and Bill Bernhard). I also have a paper forthcoming at Social Science Quarterly (with Benjamin Kantack) that examines the persuasive dynamics of the debate over gun control

I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois in 2018.  I earned my B.A. from the University of Nebraska in 2008 and my J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2011.

My CV, including contact information, is available here.