I am a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of California, Merced. I received my PhD in Political Science from Stanford University, where I specialized in American and comparative politics. Previously, I served as the Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West.
My current research 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.
I also 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.