I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. I’m also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.

I have relocated to Emory University for the 2017-2018 academic year. I am a fellow with the Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods and am instructing Research Design in the political science department.

My research and teaching interests are broadly focussed on the institutions of American politics, and specifically on their interaction. My dissertation investigates how the American executive interacts with the judiciary in pursuit of policy goals.  I describe the Federal Judicial State and illustrate how American presidents have responded to their growing incentives to govern that state by employing tools of appointment and advocacy.

In other research, I examine the constraints Presidents face in the appointment of new Supreme Court justices, how governors and legislators interact in the crafting of state law, and the origin and nature of Congressional backlash against executive decisions. I am also interested in the role gender plays in institutional settings.