Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. During the 2012-2013 academic year I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. During the 2013-2014 academic year I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, and I completed my undergraduate education in Political Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego. My research interests lie broadly within the spectrum of American politics, with a primary interest in institutions. Broadly speaking, I investigate how executives and legislators respond to electoral and institutional constraints when choosing individuals to serve in appointed positions, the importance of individual personality traits in this process, and how these factors interact to influence public opinion; however, I am also interested in American politics more broadly. My work has been published in Political Research Quarterly and the American Journal of Political Science and is forthcoming in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Department of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
Phone: (574) 631-6644