I am Assistant Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of Graduate Studies at Utah State University in Logan, UT. My research focuses on American institutions, especially Congress, the president, state legislatures and executives, as well as electoral institutions. I am interested in the policy process, bicameral dynamics, legislative productivity, and agenda formation in legislatures, and how institutions structure representation and elite behavior.
My research has been published in The Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Research and Methods, among other outlets. My book, The Congressional Endgame: Interchamber Bargaining and Resolution, published by the University of Chicago Press, explores the postpassage bargaining process in Congress. At Utah State, I enjoy teaching courses on American politics and research methods. I seek to emphasize how social science can help us understand fundamental questions about the American political system.
I am originally from Southern California and majored in political science and minored in Spanish literature at UCSD. I attended UCDC and interned on Capitol Hill for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Prior to becoming a political scientist, I worked as a contractor for HUD in Los Angeles conducting compliance reviews of project-based Section 8 housing. In my free time I enjoy traveling, fishing, and Padres baseball. I have completed both the Wyoming and Utah trout slams.