I am an Associate Professor of Political Science (with tenure), Associate Professor of Law (by courtesy), and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at the George Washington University. My research and teaching interests center on American politics, judicial politics, the U.S. Supreme Court, public perceptions of law and courts, and institutional legitimacy. My work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and other outlets. My research has also been supported by the National Science Foundation.
My current work includes: (1) completion of a book (with Chris Johnston) on the foundations of U.S. Supreme Court legitimacy, (2) a study of Supreme Court polarization and its consequences (funded by NSF), (3) a study of the legitimacy of Kenya's Supreme Court in light of the Court's invalidation of the August 2017 presidential election (with Jeremy Horowitz and Eric Kramon), and (4) continuing research on legal change and Supreme Court decision making. I teach undergraduate courses in judicial politics, methodology, and constitutional law, and graduate courses in judicial politics and political methodology.