I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Much of my research is devoted to thinking and writing about Congress, political parties, and American political history. My book, Building the Bloc: Intraparty Organization in the U.S. Congress, combines archival and interview data to explore how organized factions within political parties — groups like the contemporary Blue Dogs and House Freedom Caucus — drive congressional development and structure lawmaking. I'm currently working on projects examining institutional conversion and the antebellum U.S. Court of Claims, and Congress’s provision of health services to American Indians in the early nineteenth century.
Before coming to Chicago, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University, where I studied early American vaccination programs. I had the pleasure of earning my PhD in political science in 2014 from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!).