Welcome to my academic website! I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science with a focus on Judicial and Comparative Politics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am a member of the Experimental Politics Lab led by Professor Kraft.
My research interests broadly focus on U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme court decision making, national security law, the judicial process, and judicial independence. Most recently I have been focused on oral argument in the United States Supreme Court using text as data to uncover potential systematic differences across justices.
My dissertation 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 — to ascertain whether the number of cases the Court is resolving this way are rising (as I perceive) and then what effects that has on the precedential value of the Court’s decisions and the Court’s legitimacy.
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.