I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. My research centers on American political institutions, with a particular focus on judicial decision making. I use both formal theoretic & empirical research approaches, and a passion for accurate statistical inference in my substantive work also leads to methodology-focused projects.
My current projects focus on the extent to which the law constrains the decisions of US Supreme Court justices, measuring judicial ideology, and using and extending machine learning methods for the study of politics. My published research can be found in the Journal of Law and Courts, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and the Proceedings of the 36th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence. More information about my current and published research, including abstracts, free PDF copies, and replication materials, can be found on my research page.
I earned my PhD in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. I also hold a JD from Baylor University School of Law.