I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Duke University, where my work spans the fields of American and comparative politics to examine how political institutions shape the law, whether that be through the legislators who make it or the judges who interpret it. My dissertation concerns the U.S. Supreme Court and its role atop the federal judicial hierarchy, which I approach through the lens of the Court’s case selection process. Additional lines of work consider legal citation networks, polarization in judicial opinions, judicial confirmations, congressional and state legislative committees, and responsiveness in authoritarian legislatures. Throughout this work, I employ a broad array of methodological approaches, including text-as-data, networks, simulation studies, field experiments, and archival work.
I am also excited to be teaching this year. During the Fall 2019 term at Duke, I taught a course on Democratic Erosion as part of an inter-university consortium. Students learned the mechanisms by which democratic institutions are undermined from within, and as well as how to recognize erosion as it happens. As a predoctoral Global Fellow during the Spring 2020 term, I am teaching two courses at Duke-Kunshan University: a comparative public policy course and Democratic Erosion.
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