I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston. I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida in 2011.  I am interested in American politics and research methodology, in particular the U.S. Congress, presidential and congressional elections, political economy, empirical theory, and quantitative methods. 

A copy of my curriculum vitae is here.


At the College of Charleston I teach classes in two fields: American politics (both institutions and political behavior) and research methodology (with an emphasis on quantitative methods).  I have taught the following courses: American Government, Congress, American Political Development, Public Opinion in American Politics, Doing Research in Political Science (undergraduate), and Research Methodology for Public Administration (graduate).

For additional information please refer to my Courses Page.


I study the U.S. Congress first and foremost.  In general, my research agenda focuses on legislation organization and the effect(s) of legislative institutions on congressional productivity and roll-call behavior.  Ongoing projects examine the role of parties in Congress, the causes of polarization, bicameral conflict and compromise, and the historical dynamics of policy repeal.  I also study political behavior (in particular voting behavior) and American political economy (broadly defined).  I am currently a research fellow in the Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process at the College of Charleston.

For additional information please refer to my Research Page.


In addition to my academic writing, I am also the c0-author of the blog Rule22.  With Josh Huder, Rule22 analyzes and critiques contemporary American politics from a social scientific vantage point.  We cover American politics generally, but our primary focus is the U.S. Congress.

Notably, Rule22 blog reaches a wide audience through its partnership with the Christian Science Monitor.  You can follow the blog at the Christian Science Monitor (here) or directly at http://rule22.wordpress.com.