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About Me

I am an associate professor in the Government Department at St. Lawrence University. I spent the 2015-2016 school year as a visiting assistant professor at Skidmore College. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015.
My research interests are in judicial politics, specifically nomination and confirmation politics at the lower federal court levels. I am also interested in institutional politics more broadly, including the American presidency. I have extensive training in mass political behavior and secondary interests in political communication and methodology.

My primary research project examines the American Bar Association ratings of federal courts of appeals judges. Political Research Quarterly published "How You Rate Depends on Who Investigates" (data) in 2023. The Journal of Law and Courts will publish "Quality in Measurement Matters" (data) in a forthcoming issue.
I also write on politics for broad audiences. My work has appeared in RealClearPolitics (Trump's second impeachment and Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death), RealClearPolicy (Biden's judicial reform commission), the Syracuse Post-Record (amendment to fix the number of justices at nine), and (reforms to the ABA ratings process).
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