I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia.  Prior to starting at 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 the quantitative examination of federal courts.  My recent work has appeared  in places such as American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Northwestern Law Review, and American Politics Research.

In 2009, I received my Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. While at Wash U, I worked with Andrew D. Martin, James F. Spriggs, Lee Epstein, Pauline Kim, and Margo Schlanger and was a graduate student associate in the Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL) at Washington University School of Law.  Prior to graduate schoool, 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.