I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. My broad expertise is in American law and courts. More narrowly, I specialize in the study of state courts and state constitutional law. Currently my research is focused on how lawyers before state supreme courts develop constitutional rights arguments under different legal signals. I teach a variety of law and courts courses including Constitutional Law, the U.S. Supreme Court, State Constitutions and Courts, and Sexual Orientation, Politics and Law. Additionally, I serve as the department's pre-law advisor and I coordinate the Legal Studies minor.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received my B.A. in Political Science and History from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I then moved east to Bristol, Rhode Island, where I received my J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law (and came away a Boston Red Sox fan). I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.