Welcome to my academic website! I am an Assistant Professor of Public Law and American Politics at Bradley University. I study the U.S. Supreme Court with a focus on the Shadow Docket and the legitimacy of the Court.
My research focuses on mapping and understanding the U.S. Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” — the cases the Court hands down that are not orally argued and are not accompanied by a majority opinion. Drawing on an original database of the emergency docket, and a pre-registered survey experiment, my dissertation looks at the Supreme Court’s “third shift” and its impact on policy, precedent, and public opinion. I hope to clarify the picture we have of Supreme Court decision making by including this data with the existing Supreme Court Database and provide evidence to evaluate the impression that the Court has turned more frequently to make even more consequential decisions “in the shadows.”
In addition to the Shadow Docket, my research interests broadly focus on U.S. Supreme Court decision making, the judicial process, survey experiments, and text analysis. I have been analyzing oral argument in the United States Supreme Court using text as data to uncover potential systematic differences across justices. Most recently I have been running surveys to investigate public opinion of the Supreme Court in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. I have created two novel datasets containing: 1) U.S. Supreme Court emergency docket decisions from OT 2000 through OT 2021 and 2) Oral Argument Transcript dataset from OT 2004-2008.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I received a Masters Degree in Political Science from the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida. In 2017, I graduated cum laude with honors with a B.A. in Political Science (Middle Eastern Studies Minor) from the University of Central Florida. I also graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History from the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida in 2017.