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Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a Resident Fellow in the Institution of Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. Broadly, I study American political institutions and their role in policymaking under separation of powers.  


My research on the executive branch examines the political control of the bureaucracy.  I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled Control Without Confirmation: The Politics of Vacancies in Presidential Appointments, in which I investigate how presidents strategically use vacancies in their appointments that require Senate confirmation to promote their policy priorities. I also have research in progress that examines strategic interim appointments to U.S. Attorney positions; interest group and Congressional oversight responses to vacancies on independent commissions;  bipartisanship in Congress; state legislative actions to limit public sector collective bargaining; and state executive responses to national health policy initiatives.  


I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2019. I also hold an M.P.A. in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and B.A.'s in Political Science and Economics from UCLA. I grew up on the beaches of the South Bay in Los Angeles, California. Nowadays, two spirited children, Eleanor (5 years) and Ethan (3 years), keep Cory (my better half) and me entertained.