I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. I study American political institutions with a focus 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. I test the predictions of the model in my second paper. Finally, the third chapter of my dissertation dives deeper into centralized capacity, with an original dataset measuring capacity in the Executive Office of the President through three decades of staff directories.
I also have co-authored several projects examining topics such as legislative responsiveness to donors, congressional capacity, and separation of powers models. My work with Brandice Canes-Wrone on senatorial responsiveness to donor opinion on high-profile roll call votes has been published in Congress & The Presidency as well as the SSRC volume Can America Govern Itself? edited by Nolan McCarty and Frances Lee.
I received an MA in Politics from Princeton University and a BA in Public Policy Studies from Vanderbilt University.