I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. I was previously a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. 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.