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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College. I teach courses on American government, political institutions, and public policy. My research focuses on the presidency and Congress and I am completing my book manuscript, The Policies Presidents Make: When and Why Presidents Centralize Executive Branch Policymaking. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown I was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. 

My book project focuses on the strategies of centralization, or the movement of policy functions to the White House, and politicization, the use of political appointees to influence policy-

making throughout the executive branch, and is based on my


dissertation research, which won APSA's Presidents and Executive Politics' George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award. I have also co-authored projects examining legislative responsiveness to donors, congressional capacity, and separation of powers models. These works have been published in Congress & The Presidency, the SSRC volume Can America Govern Itself?, and the SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science & International Relations. 


I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics from Princeton University as well as a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Vanderbilt University.  

My C.V. is available here

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