I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. My research centers on the politics of the American judiciary. I am especially interested in how courts shape and are shaped by external political forces. Much of my work examines media coverage of and public reaction to U.S. Supreme Court decisions. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the judicial process, American government, constitutional law, and research methods. I am also the director of WSU's Pre-Law Resource Center.
I completed my PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Prior to that, I received my BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I majored in political science and economics.