I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University. Prior to coming to WVU, I received my PhD in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, where I was a graduate associate for the Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL). In Fall 2019, I was a Fulbright Scholar at the PluriCourts Centre at the University of Oslo. My research lies at the intersection of judicial politics and public opinion, with a focus on public support for courts – domestic and international – and its effects on judicial behavior. This has led me to work on several topics, including the decision making of European constitutional courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union, the efficacy of legal institutions and norms like public support for the rule of law, as a democratic guardrail, and the dynamics of public support for the Supreme Court among racial minorities, particularly Native Americans.
My research appears in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Law and Courts. I am also co-author of the forthcoming book Public Support for the Rule of Law: Personal Convictions and Institutional Constraints (under contract with Cambridge University Press) with Amanda Driscoll and Michael Nelson. My research has been supported by, among others, the National Science Foundation, West Virginia Humanities Council, and the West Virginia University Humanities Center.
Originally from Oklahoma, I am a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. When not working, I can usually be found with my family, hiking, camping, running, or watching sports, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals and Fulham FC.
For more information on my work, take a look at my CV and the papers listed below. To get in touch with me, I am available at email@example.com.