I am a Ph.D. candidate (expected 2014) in the Department of Politics and an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. As of July 2014, I am an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at West Virginia University.

My research interests include American politics, environmental politics and policy, energy policy, state and local politics, and public opinion. My current research focuses on the challenges confronting local governments in the wake of the shale oil and gas boom. I analyze the policy making process in local governments as they restrict, endorse, or adapt to hydraulic fracturing within their borders.