I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. I cleared field exams in American politics and quantitative research methods and completed an eclectic minor in law and social psychology. In addition to my coursework at Indiana University, I participated in the 2013 Summer Institute in Political Psychology at Stanford University. Beginning in the fall of 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston.
I research questions related to judicial politics. I am interested in both how the public responds to legal institutions and how legal institutions function. My dissertation research investigates how ideological disagreement with the Supreme Court influences perceptions of the Court's legitimacy. I argue that the public engages in motivated reasoning when responding to Supreme Court decisions. When confronted with decisions with which they disagree, individuals are motivated to delegitimize the Court's decision. They do this by viewing the Court as politically motivated rather than legally motivated. By viewing the Court as politically motivated, individuals come to perceive the Court as less legitimate.
My research has been published in Political Research Quarterly and Justice System Journal and has been presented at many academic conferences. A copy of my CV can be accessed here.