I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I teach and study American Politics, focusing particularly on Congress and elections. I am especially interested in how political behavior and political institutions affect one another. I have a M.A. in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Political Science from Kenyon College.

My dissertation, directed by Jason Roberts, is entitled “Chamber Competitiveness, Political Polarization, and the Battle for Legislative Majority Control.” Copies of Chapters 1 and 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 4 are available here.

My research on advertising in the context of North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, whose picture appears on official inspection placards in every elevator in the state, has appeared in the Boston Globe, Charlotte Observer, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog, and the London School of Economics’ US Politics and Policy Blog. I also spoke to WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR station, about this research.

My research on congressional wave elections has appeared in Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics and on the Catholic University Institute for Policy Research Blog.



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