I am a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Government at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, specializing in American Politics.

My specific research interests include American political development; American legislative institutions, particularly executive oversight; partisan polarization and gridlock in Congress; executive oversight; and public perceptions of the influence of special interests in Congress. I’m also interested in congressional voting behavior; the influence of congressional and agency staff on member/executive preferences; organizational theory and institutional behavior; US-European relations; and foreign policymaking in Congress. I am pursuing a course of study in Methods at Cornell and have been trained in advanced game theory, experimental methods, and network analysis.

I’m a native of Brooklyn, NY and received a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and an M.A. in Political Science from Boston University in Boston, MA. After graduating from college, I worked for a few years as a congressional reporter in Washington, DC and as a Capitol Hill staffer before spending three years working in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany.

Please feel free to contact me at any time at

View my most recent CV (updated December 2016) here.

Please click here for more information on my college-level teaching experience.


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