I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston, a Research Fellow in the Center for Public Choice and Market Process, and Co-Director of the American Politics Research Team.
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florida in the fall of 2011. My specialization is in American national institutions with a focus on Congress, presidential and congressional elections, quantitative methods, 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 Fall of 2016 I will be teaching two sections of Doing Research in Politics and The Congress. 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 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 have appeared on NPR and have been quoted in outlets such as the New Yorker and USA Today (among others). I also co-author an American Politics Blog, Rule 22, that is affiliated with the Christian Science Monitor (one of the nation's oldest national newspapers).