I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University specializing in public law. 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 peer-reviewed journals and law reviews such as the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Law & Courts, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Politics & Gender, the Journal of Historical Political Economy, Law & Policy, the Missouri Law Review, and the University of Hawai‘i Law Review. My research recently published in Political Research Quarterly has been recognized by the Western Political Science Association as the Best Article Published in PRQ during 2020.
Broadly speaking, I study the exercise of public authority in American law. My research and teaching interests include the study of adjudicative, regulatory, and legislative institutions in both federal and state government, and the scope and nature of those institutions' regulatory capacity. I am particularly interested in the regulation of sexual behavior and economic conflicts of interest. Likewise, my work considers the impact of fragmented lawmaking authority on the implementation of public policy.
By examining critically the form and function of legal and political 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 scope and quality of industry influence in the policy state. Last, research currently in development considers how the vertical and horizontal fragmentation of authority in American government constrains the achievement of LGBTQ equality by decentralizing the task(s) of policy implementation.