I am a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the George Washington University. My research and teaching interests center on American politics, judicial politics, the U.S. Supreme Court, public perceptions of law and courts in the U.S. and abroad, and institutional legitimacy. My work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and other outlets. My research has also been supported by the National Science Foundation. My book with Christopher D. Johnston, Curbing the Court: Why the Public Constrains Judicial Independence, is out now from Cambridge University Press.
Current projects include: (1) a book-length project on Supreme Court polarization and its consequences (previously funded by NSF), (2) a study of how and why partisan alignment with the president influences public support for judicial power (in the U.S., with Eric Kramon), and (3) a cross-national examination of whether and under what conditions public support can insulate high courts from political attacks on their power and independence (with Eric Kramon and Caleb Schmotter). I teach undergraduate courses in judicial politics, methodology, and constitutional law, and graduate courses in judicial politics and political methodology.