I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University, studying American politics and political methodology. I am also a part of the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program. Starting August 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

My research focuses on American politics, and I am particularly interested in representation, legislative politics, text analysis, machine learning, campaign finance, and public opinion. In my dissertation I investigate how members of Congress choose what to say and how to vote when their constituents and party disagree.

Beyond this, I have worked on a variety of topics, such as how parties respond to disloyalty in their members’ speeches versus their votes, online advertising in Presidential campaigns, the role of academic economists in shaping public opinion on economic policy issues, how intraparty campaign finance functions as a mechanism for party control, member responses to primary challenges in Congressional elections, and more.

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