I am an Assistant Professor at Duke Kunshan University, where I teach political science and public policy, and a faculty affiliate at DKU's Center for the Study of Contemporary China in the Citizens and Representation Cluster. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2020.
My research 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. Among other things, I work on dictatorial electoral manipulation, congressional and state legislative committees, responsiveness in authoritarian legislatures, polarization in judicial opinions, legal citation networks, and judicial confirmations. Throughout this work, I employ a broad array of methodological approaches, including text-as-data, networks, simulation studies, field experiments, and archival work. You can find my research in the pages of The Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review.