My general area is American Politics, and my research interests lie at the intersection of American political institutions and representation, with work focusing on how institutional incentives affect legislative behavior.

While much of my research focuses on groups outside of the traditional power structure, I also examine legislative behavior more generally, focusing on the activities members of Congress and other elected officials employ to reap benefits for their constituents. The methodological approaches I employ are primarily quantitative; relying on large original datasets built around quantitative content analysis of legislative speech, writings, and recorded behavior.

A side research agenda also includes pedagogical work on student engagement and instructional design, combining my scholarly work with my interest in teaching innovations more broadly.

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