• Assistant Professor, Political Science Department


Research Statement

I study how American judicial institutions are created and evolve over time, and how political actors, inside and outside of courts, use law and legal institutions to influence constitutional change, federalism, and state building.


Research Keywords

  • Supreme Court
  • State-building
  • Federalism
  • Constitutional Law
  • American Political Development


  • "SCOTUS and the Affordable Care Act: Congressional Credit Claiming and Blame Avoidance" at the Western Political Science Association Conference. Vancouver, BC, March 28-30, 2024. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/30/2024.
  • "An Analytical History of the Court of Claims, 1856-1876" presented by my co-author, Professor Logan Strother (Purdue University) at the Tempe Mission Palms resoirt hosted by the Cneter or American Institutions at Arizona State University . Presentation, Presented, 02/02/2024.
  • “Norms and Procedures: Courts and Democratic Backsliding in the United States” (with Igor Logvinenko), at workshop on “Courts and Authoritarian Populism: the United States in Comparative Perspective,” Occidental College. Conference Paper, Presented, 12/16/2022.
  • "Statutory Review on the Roberts Court: the Least Activist in U.S. History?" Presented at the Policy History Conference 2022. Tempe, AZ . Conference Paper, Presented, 06/03/2022.
  • "Trump, Courts, and Democratic Backsliding in a Comparative Perspective." Presented at the 2022 Western Political Science Association Conference, Portland, OR. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/10/2022.
  • "Policy Retrenchment through the Judiciary: The Curious Case of Texas v. Azar" (with Phillip Singer). American Political Science Association Virtual Meeting, September 9-13, 2021. Conference Paper, Presented, 09/10/2020.
  • Panelist for a Hinkcley Institute of Politics Forum, "Power to the People: US Voting Rights." . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/30/2019.
  • "The General Mining Act of 1872 and American State Formation." Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA . Conference Paper, Presented, 04/18/2019.