I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University, specializing in law and regulation. I earned my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Prior to graduate school, I graduated from law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. My research has been or is slated to be published in law reviews and peer-reviewed journals such as the Missouri Law Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Law & Courts, the University of Hawai‘i Law Review, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Politics & Gender, the Journal of Historical Political Economy, and Law & Policy. My research recently published in Political Research Quarterly was recognized by the Western Political Science Association as the Best Article Published in PRQ during 2020.
My work examines the exercise of public authority in American law. My research and teaching interests include criminal procedure, criminal law, administrative law and regulatory processes, constitutional law, and LGBTQ+ issues in the law. Broadly speaking, my published and ongoing research considers adjudicative, regulatory, and legislative institutions in American government, as well as the scope and nature of those institutions' capacity to structure both organizational practices and individual conduct. In addition to traditional modes of legal analysis, my research employs the tools of empirical analysis to investigate critical issues in the American legal system.
I am particularly interested in the legal regulation of sexual behavior and economic conflicts of interest. For instance, my forthcoming research in the Missouri Law Review examines the persistence of laws criminalizing consensual nonprocreative intercourse despite the Supreme Court holding invalidating such a statute in Lawrence v. Texas. Likewise, my work analyzes the impact of fragmented lawmaking authority on the implementation of public policy. In research currently in progress, I examine state-level variation in the implementation of requirements delineated by Congress in the federal legislative regime governing registration and community notification for individuals convicted of sex offenses.
By considering critically the form and function of lawmaking institutions, my research and teaching have significant implications for understanding how law and policy can promote or frustrate the achievement of social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. Further, my scholarship on economic conflicts of interest helps understand the extent and quality of industry influence in the policy state. Last, research currently in development analyzes how the vertical and horizontal fragmentation of legal authority in American public institutions constrains the achievement of LGBTQ equality before the law by decentralizing the task(s) of policy implementation.