I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University specializing in public law and 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, the Journal of Law & Courts, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Law & Policy, Politics & Gender, the University of Hawai‘i Law Review, and Laws.
Broadly speaking, I study political and legal institutions, regulation as a component of the policy process, and intergovernmental relations, and how institutional design affects the formulation and implementation of public policy. My research and teaching interests include the study of administrative, judicial, and legislative institutions in the federal and state levels of American government, and their relative capacity as sites of policy development. Likewise, my work considers how party and ideology explain ostensibly administrative decision-making in legal, political, and electoral institutions. I am particularly interested in the impact of economic representation in courts and adjudicatory bureaucratic institutions on the development of regulatory policy.
In general, my research considers critically the form and function of lawmaking institutions, and how partisan and ideological concerns endure in or pervade administrative and organizational decision-making by public officials in part as a function of the design and structure of public institutions. This research has significant implications for understanding how elite decision-making enables the persistence of social, environmental, and economic inequality, as well as the scope and quality of industry influence in American public administration.