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 analyzes the dynamics of collegial decision making on three-judge panels of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, with a particular focus on how the judicial hierarchy interacts with collegiality to influence individual judicial voting. I am also working on a series of papers that examine both the sources of public opinion about courts and judges and the effect of public opinion on Supreme Court nominations and on judicial decision making. My research has appeared in the 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.
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Princeton, NJ 08544
- Replication data for all my empirical papers can be found at Dataverse.
- Are Supreme Court Nominations a Move-the-Median Game?, with Charles Cameron, forthcoming in the American Political Science Review.
- Signaling and Counter-Signaling in the Judicial Hierarchy: An Empirical Analysis of En Banc Review, American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming, 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, forthcoming.
- 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
- 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