About Me:

I am a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University.

My research interests are in American politics with a focus on Congress, parties, and ideal point estimation.

I defended my dissertation “Parties and Polarization in Congress: Causes and Consequences” in July 2011 at the University of Rochester.


Academic Highlights:

“Female and Minority Judicial Nominees: President’s Delight and Senators’ Dismay?” Forthcoming in Legislative Studies Quarterly, November, 2011.

Patrick J. Fett Award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency presented at the 2009 MPSA Conference

“New Faces in Political Methodology” Conference participant, 2011