I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, where I study the American presidency and its influence on the development of local, state, and national federal relations.
My scholarly work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Studies in American Political Development, Journal of Policy History, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Education and Urban Society, and The Forum.
My dissertation argues that there is an inherent tension between executive-centered policymaking and federated, non-centralized government. I use archival materials to trace how presidents, governors, and mayors have used the enhanced administrative capacities of the national executive branch to augment their power and pursue their programmatic objectives. These exchanges have a "federated" feel, but they have gradually eroded the independent lines of partisan support and administrative capacity that made them effective agents of change.
In addition to my dissertation, I am currently completing a book manuscript with Sidney Milkis on the transformation of the Democratic and Republican parties since the 1960s - the demise of America's "vital center."
You can find working papers and an extended discussion of my current research under the "research" tab. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about my work or my classes.