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.
My research focuses on American politics, and I am particularly interested in representation, campaign finance, political methodology, congressional elections, legislative politics, and public opinion. In my dissertation I develop a theory of legislative decision-making, and investigate how members of Congress choose the content of their public signals (both votes and statements made in Congress and to the public), particularly when their party and constituents disagree.
Beyond this, I have worked on a variety of topics, such as the effect of competitive elections on policy representation, 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, using legislative floor speeches to measure a legislator’s agenda, and more.