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I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. Starting Fall of 2016, I will be joining the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside as an assistant professor.  My Ph.D. is from the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and I received a B.A. in Government from Smith College in 2006. My current research examines how members of Congress engage with bureaucratic agencies on policy issues. Prior to my graduate studies, I worked in Washington, DC as a legislative assistant for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.