Ph.D. Stony Brook University
M.A. Georgia State University
B.A. University of Kentucky
I am the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Assistant Professor for Fall 2013- Spring 2015. I have been teaching at Davidson since 2011 and my focus is American politics.
Graduate studies in Political Science allowed me to realize my goal of a teaching career while also combining two of my interests: law and politics. After completing a Masters degree in Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, I earned my PhD from Stony Brook University.
My research and teaching reflect my general interests in law and politics. At Davidson, I teach courses in American politics including: Introduction to American Politics, Political Institutions, and The Presidency. I also teach courses offering more of a focus on law and the American judiciary including: Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and a seminar entitled The Politics of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Broadly, my research interests are in American political institutions. My article on the president's legislative agenda was recently published in the Journal of Politics. My current research is focused on the U.S. Supreme Court. My ongoing research includes work on the dynamics of legal doctrine on the Court, the cooperative behavior of justices, and judicial review of federal laws.