I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia.  Prior to joining UGA in the Fall of 2013, I taught at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.  I teach classes in the areas of judicial politics, public law, and criminal justice, and my current research focuses on empirical legal studies and the quantitative examination of federal courts, judges, and other actors.  My recent work has appeared  in places such as American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Northwestern Law Review, Marquette Law Review, Justice System Journal, and American Politics Research.

In 2009, I received my Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to graduate school, I received a B.A. with honors in political science from the University of Florida in 2001 and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2004. I am a member of the North Carolina Bar (inactive), and I grew up in beautiful western Montana.