I am a Ph.D. candidate and research associate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. My advisers include Chuck Shipan (who chairs my dissertation committee), Rick Hall, George Tsebelis, Michael Heaney, and Rocío Titiunik.
Before attending Michigan, I earned my Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude, honors with distinction) in Political Science from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where I also minored in Mathematics and Philosophy. While there, I was co-advised by Meena Bose and Richard Himelfarb. I am originally from Reedsville, Pennsylvania, a small town located in (beautiful!) Kishacoquillas (“Big”) Valley, Mifflin County.
Substantively, work generally falls into one of three categories: policy change and productivity, representation, and coalition activity. To this end, my current research agenda focuses on questions involving legislative parties and policy change, congressional home style, legislative professionalism, and member productivity, and partisan polarization and interest group coalition activity. My dissertation examines how electoral competition influences policy change in American legislatures: namely, how close elections and competition over partisan control stymie policy change.
Methodologically, I have interests in formal modeling, causal inference methods, mutlilevel modeling, and Bayesian scaling methods. Among my long-term methodological projects is the creation of MLscores, which place thousands of interest groups and members of Congress on the same scale.
Of equal importance, I have a strong passion for teaching. To date, I have served as an instructor or instructional assistant in introductory American politics courses, courses on the American presidency, a multidisciplinary course on persuasion, and courses on political philosophy. I also have an interest in mathematical and methodological instruction.