Welcome! I am a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at Washington University in Saint Louis. I am most passionate about researching law and courts, primarily in the American subfield, but also in comparative contexts. My dissertation, broadly construed, examines the influence of judicial writing styles, especially given hierarchical constraints. My committee -- Jim Spriggs (chair)Lee Epstein, and Matthew Gabel -- continues to provide me with invaluable advice and guidance. Beyond my committee, I am currently working on research projects with Betsy Sinclair, Patrick Tucker and many of my fellow graduate students, including Dave Carlson, JBrandon Duck-Mayr, Jonathan Homola, S. Michelle Torres Pacheco and Nick Waterbury.

In 2013, I received my M.A. in political science from the University at Buffalo, where I studied and researched for three years. I worked with faculty members like Christina L. Boyd, Charles M. Lamb, Lynn Mather, and Stephen Halpern, among others. In 2010, I received my B.A. (SCL, ΦΒΚ) in interdisciplinary social sciences with concentrations in legal studies and journalism, and a minor in political science.