I study American political institutions, judicial politics, and research methodology. Broadly, my research centers on law and the impact of political institutions. I also study how political elites shape public perceptions of electorally insulated institutions, such as the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Justice. My methodological interests center on measurement theory, improving statistical inference, and experimental analysis.
I received a B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. My research is supported by the National Science Foundation and has been published or is forthcoming at American Politics Research, the Journal of Law and Courts, Political Research Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly.