I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago, where I study American Politics, with a focus on the presidency and political behavior. My research has been supported by the American Political Science Association, University of Chicago Council on Advanced Studies, and the Bradley Foundation.
My dissertation project, “Presidential Conformity, Presidential Disobedience,” investigates presidential norms, informal institutions that buttress the presidency, but do not hold the force of law. Using a multi-method approach that emphasizes causal inference, I examine public respect for and commitment to presidential norms, the evolution of presidential norms throughout history, and the consequences of presidential norm violations for the presidency and the wider polity. My research has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly. In 2018, I was an APSA MFP Fellow. I hold an MA and AB in Political Science from the University of Chicago.