I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and am affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. I study American political institutions with an emphasis on the presidency, bureaucracy, and Congress.
My dissertation focuses on how the president manages the executive branch and influences policy. In particular, I examine the strategies of centralization and politicization and how they interact with one another. The first paper in my dissertation contains a formal model of centralization with politicization,
exploring the strategic trade-offs that the president faces when making policy. With this theoretical backdrop, I use a combination of archival research, observational data, and large surveys of government executives to test various aspects of centralization and politicization.
I have also co-authored several projects examining topics such as legislative responsiveness to donors, congressional capacity, and separation of powers models. My co-authored work has been published in Congress & The Presidency, the SSRC volume Can America Govern Itself?, edited by Nolan McCarty and Frances Lee, and the SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science & International Relations, edited by Luigi Curini and Robert J. Franzese.
I received an MA in Politics from Princeton University and a BA in Public Policy Studies from Vanderbilt University.
My CV is available here.