I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University specializing in American political and legal institutions. 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 how institutional design affects the formulation and implementation of public policy, as well as the quality of representation by democratic institutions. My research and teaching interests include the study of legislative, administrative, and judicial institutions in the federal and state levels of American government, and their relative capacity as sites for policy development. I am particularly interested in the impact of economic representation in bureaucratic and judicial institutions on the development of regulatory policy. Likewise, my work considers the efficacy of presidential campaigns as stimuli for political mobilization.
By examining critically the form and function of lawmaking institutions, my research and teaching have significant implications for understanding how elite decision-making impedes the achievement of racial, social, environmental, and economic justice. Further, my scholarship on economic representation 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.