Judicial Politics and Political Methodology
I received my PhD in Political Science at Texas A&M in 2019. In the fall of 2020, I will start as an assistant professor of political science at the University of Georgia. I pursue a dual research agenda focusing on my substantive and methodological interests.
My dissertation confronts the puzzle of constitutional courts invalidating the actions of legislatures and executives in the shadow of punitive measures by those branches of government. Outside of my dissertation, I also have an interest in the selection and retention of judges. While my theoretical contributions are generalizable across all courts, my research primarily relies on data relating to American courts.
My methodological interests focus on modelling observational data that exhibit dependence, both serial and spatial. In particular, I am developing a number of specification tests that are either the first of their kind or greatly improve upon existing tests. Long-term, I am working to create a truly general-to-specific modelling strategy that is applicable to time series, cross-sectional, and time-series cross-sectional data.