I am an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. My main research area is judicial politics, but I have broad interests in the study of American politics. My current research examines how state and federal courts influence state-level representation in the United States. I have also conducted research on judging on federal courts and on the politics of Supreme Court nominations and confirmations. My research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Political Research Quarterly. I received my B.A. (2000) from Georgetown University and my M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) from Columbia University.
Department of Politics
028 Corwin Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
- Replication data for all my published empirical papers can be found at Dataverse.
- Are Supreme Court Nominations a Move-the-Median Game?, American Political Science Review, forthcoming, with Charles Cameron.
- Signaling and Counter-Signaling in the Judicial Hierarchy: An Empirical Analysis of En Banc Review, American Journal of Political Science, 2016, 60(2):490-508, with Deborah Beim and Alex Hirsch.
- Empirically Evaluating the Counter-Majoritarian Difficulty: Public Opinion, State Policy, and Judicial Decisions Before Roe v. Wade, Journal of Law & Courts, 2016, 4(1):1-42
- Polarizing the Electoral Connection: Partisan Representation in Supreme Court Confirmation Politics, Journal of Politics, 2015, 77(3): 787-804, with Jeffrey Lax, Michael Malecki, and Justin Phillips.
- The Politics of Opinion Assignment and Authorship on the U.S. Court of Appeals: Evidence from Sexual Harassment Cases, Journal of Legal Studies, 2015,44(S1):S59-S85, with Sean Farhang and Greg Wawro.
- Source Cues and Public Support for the Supreme Court, American Politics Research, 2015, 43(3):504-35, with Tom Clark.
- The Interplay of Ideological Diversity, Dissents, and Discretionary Review in the Judicial Hierarchy: Evidence from Death Penalty Cases, Journal of Politics, 2014, 76(4):1074-1088, with Deborah Beim.
- Whistleblowing and Compliance in the Judicial Hierarchy, American Journal of Political Science, 2014, 58(4):904-918, with Deborah Beim and Alex Hirsch. Winner of the Law & Courts Section's 2013 Best Conference Paper Award.
- Racial Diversity and Judicial Influence on Appellate Courts, American Journal of Political Science, 2013, 57(1):167-83.
- The Supreme Court and Percolation in the Lower Courts: An Optimal Stopping Model, Journal of Politics, 2013, 75(1): 150-68, with Tom Clark.
- Voting for Justices: Change and Continuity in Confirmation Voting 1937-2010, Journal of Politics, 2013, 72(2):283-99, with Charles Cameron and Jee-Kwang Park.
- Hierarchical and Collegial Politics on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Journal of Politics, 2011, 73(2):345-61. Winner of the Law & Courts Section's 2009 CQ Award for Best Graduate Student Paper.
- Panel Composition and Voting on the United States Courts of Appeals, Political Research Quarterly, 2011, 64(2):377-91.
- Public Opinion and Senate Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominees, Journal of Politics, 2010, 72(3): 767-84, with Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips.
- The Statistical Analysis of Judicial Decisions and Legal Rules with Classification Trees, 2010, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 7(2): 202-30.
- Case Selection and the Study of Judicial Politics, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2008, 5(3): 407-446, with Jeffrey Lax
- The Playing Field Shifts: Predicting the Seats-Votes Curve in the 2008 U.S. House Election, PS: Political Science and Politics, 2008, 41(4):729-32, with Andrew Gelman and Jamie Chandler.
- Predicting and Dissecting the Seats-Votes Curve in the 2006 U.S. House Election, PS: Political Science and Politics, 2008, 41(1):139-145, with Andrew Gelman and Jamie Chandler.
- Panel Composition and Judicial Compliance on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, 2007, 23(2): 421-41.
- Using Graphs Instead of Tables in Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, 2007. 5(4): 755-71, with Eduardo Leoni.
- My SSRN webpage
- Judicial Federalism and Representation
- How Courts Structure State-Level Representation
- The Judicial Hierarchy: A Review Essay
- Race, Context and Judging on the Courts of Appeals: Race-Based Panel Effects in Death Penalty Cases
- Estimating State Public Opinion with Multi-level Regression and Poststratification using R, with Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips