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 (in particular 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 (both institutions
and political behavior) 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, and
Research Methodology for Public Administration (graduate).
In the Fall of 2015 I am teaching two sections of American Government and leading a political economy book colloquirum. In the Spring of 2016 I will be teaching Analyzing American Politics (an advanced quantitative methods capstone class), American Political Economy, and one section of The Congress. Please visit my courses page for syllabi and other materials.
My primary research interest is the U.S.
Congress, with a specific focus on 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
Copies of my published papers are available on my research page. 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 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 been cited or quoted in above outlets as well as USA Today, the New Yorker, and the Boston Globe. I also co-author an American Politics Blog: Rule 22. Notably, Rule22 reaches a wide audience through its partnership with the Christian Science Monitor.