Welcome. I am an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and an Associate Professor (by courtesy) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to this, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. 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. I investigate how executives and legislators respond to electoral and institutional constraints when choosing individuals to serve in appointed positions, the decisions of appointees and unappointed bureaucrats once in office, and the importance of personality traits in this process. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, Frontiers in Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Law and Courts, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, the Journal of Public Policy, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Administration, Public Administration Review, SAGE Open, and Social Science Quarterly, and I have a book with the University of Chicago Press.
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Pittsburgh
230 S. Bouquet Street
3802 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260