I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University, studying American Politics and Methodology.
My research focuses primarily on American political institutions and decision making, with an emphasis on judicial politics and applications of quantitative methodology to the study of judicial decision making. Myprincipal research agenda investigates how strategic behavior by litigants and Supreme Court justices influences which cases the Court hears and how they are decided. In particular, this research focuses on how the Supreme Court's discretion in selecting cases shapes behavior by lower court judges and litigants prior to certiorari in ways that ultimately feed into the Supreme Court's decision-making.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech. I am an avid Hokie fan, but enjoy watching all sports, especially football and lacrosse. My other hobbies including fitness, cooking and baking, spending time with my dog, Henry, and exploring the outdoors.