I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. My research focuses on American national institutions and public policy, with emphases on organized interests, bureaucratic rulemaking, and representation.
I hold a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Statistics from the University of California, Davis. I am also the former Director of Undergraduate Research for the Policy Agendas Project, housed at the University of Texas. Prior to attending graduate school, I worked as a researcher for the Brookings Institution and the California Civic Engagement Project.
My research has been supported by the American Political Science Association, the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, and the Policy Agendas Project, and has appeared in the Journal of Black Studies, The Washington Post, and other outlets.