I am a second year graduate student in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. My primary research interests are in American political institutions, particularly American courts, and applying formal theoretical models in empirical research. I am also a member of Wash U’s Formal Theory Workshop and Political Data Science Lab.
Before coming to Wash U, I received a J.D. from Baylor Law School. My legal studies fueled an interest in studying courts and other political institutions rather than practicing law. My current projects focus on principal-agent relationships in the American federal judiciary, agenda setting in federal courts (with Thomas G. Hansford and James F. Spriggs, II), and the impact of agency design on bureaucratic responsiveness (with Andrew Reeves).