I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the United States Naval Academy, focusing on political methodology and comparative politics. I teach introductory and advanced methods courses for Political Science majors at the Naval Academy. I completed my Ph.D. dissertation in the Department of Government at Harvard University in September 2009. While at Harvard, I also received a M.A. in statistics from the Department of Statistics.

Prior to Harvard, I received my B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Michigan. After graduating from Michigan, I spent a year at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright Scholar, receiving an M.Sc. in comparative politics.

My research interests are in comparative politics and political methodology, with a focus on political parties and federalism in advanced industrial democracies. My dissertation examines electoral links between the federal and subnational branches of political parties.