I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston and
a Research Fellow in the Economics Department.
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florida in the fall of 2011. My expertise is in American national institutions (in particular Congress), presidential and congressional elections, research methodology, political economy, and political behavior.
A copy of my curriculum vitae is available here.
At the College of Charleston I teach
classes in two fields: American politics and research methodology. Since 2011 I have taught
the following courses: American Government, Congress, American
Political Development, Public Opinion in American Politics,
Doing Research in Political Science, Analyzing American Politics (capstone), and
Research Methodology for Public Administration (graduate).
In the Spring of 2016 I am teaching two sections of American Government and Analyzing American Politics (an advanced quantitative methods capstone class). Sylabi and other materials are available on my courses page.
My research focuses on the U.S.
Congress, with specific interests in political parties,
polarization, congressional organization, and roll-call behavior. My published work also includes research on the
presidency (in particular legislative-executive interaction),
congressional and presidential elections, and political
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the journals Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Political Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. I am at work on a book manuscript (with Nate Birkhead) on when and why Congress repeals legislation. Copies of my published papers are available on my research page.
I have published over a dozen op-eds and editorials in outlets such as the Huffington Post, Charleston's Post & Courier, and South Carolina's The State. I also co-author an American Politics Blog: Rule 22. Notably, Rule22 reaches a wide audience through its partnership with the Christian Science Monitor (one of the nation's oldest national newspapers).