I am a PhD candidate (ABD) in Political Science at Stanford University specializing in American and comparative politics. In 2019-2020, I served as the Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West.
My current research at the Bill Lane Center focuses on the emergency powers available to policymakers in all 50 states, D.C., and the U.S. territories, the use of those powers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their development over the last century. The project is in partnership with the Brennan Center for Justice and the Hoover Institution. My other research focuses on representation, reserved seats, American Indian politics, and state and territorial legislative politics.
My book-style dissertation addresses the puzzle of American electoral exceptionalism: why does the U.S. fill so many government offices by direct election? Drawing upon a novel dataset of state and county elected offices from 1776 to 1900, I show that the nation did not begin with expansive local democracy, but evolved over time to elect more and more public officials. The primary driver of this evolution, I argue, was state-level suffrage expansion that threatened the incumbent elites' monopoly on power.
I hold an M.A. in Political Science from Stanford, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from The Ohio State University. My research has been supported by the Tobin Project, the Hoover Institution, and the Bill Lane Center for the American West.