Associate Professor of Political Science, 2018–Present
Faculty Affiliate, University of Wisconsin Law School
Honorary Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies
Assistant Professor of Political Science, 2010–2018
Palo Alto, California
Ph.D. in Political Science, 2010
Fields: Methodology, American Politics
Committee: Simon Jackman (chair), Jon A. Krosnick, John Ferejohn, Kevin Quinn
Dissertation: “Essays on the statistical analysis of roll-call votes and judicial citations.”
Palo Alto, California
M.S. in Statistics, 2006
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.B. in Mathematics, 2002
S.B. in Political Science, 2002
Award for outstanding undergraduate thesis in political science.
Ellington Management Group
Old Greenwich, Connecticut
Portfolio Management Associate, 2007–2009
Developed and calibrated new statistical models of subprime mortgages and mortgage-backed securities. Programmed model estimation routines in C++ and Python. Analyzed data using R and SQL.
Refereed journal articles
“Nonparametric Ideal-Point Estimation and
Political Analysis 26 (2): 131–146.
“A Continuous-Time, Latent-Variable Model of
Time-Series Data.” 2015.
Political Analysis 23 (2): 278–298.
“Nominating Commissions, Judicial Retention, and
Forward-Looking Behavior on State Supreme Courts: An Empirical
Examination of Selection and Retention Methods” [with Ryan
J. Owens, Patrick C. Wohlfarth, and Amanda C. Bryan]. 2015.
State Politics & Policy Quarterly 15 (2):
“Prevalence and Moderators of the Candidate Name-Order
Effect: Evidence from All Statewide General Elections in
California” [with Josh Pasek, Daniel Schneider, Jon A.
Krosnick, Eyal Ophir, and Claire Milligan]. 2014.
Public Opinion Quarterly 78 (2): 416–439.
“What Can We Learn About the Ideology of the Newest
Supreme Court Justices?” [with Stephen Jessee]. 2011.
PS: Political Science and Politics 44 (3):
“Specification Issues in Assessing the Moderating Role
of Issue Importance: A Comment on Grynaviski and Corrigan
(2006)” [with Neil Malhotra]. 2011.
Political Analysis 19 (3): 342–350.
“Determinants of Turnout and Candidate Choice in the
2008 U.S. Presidential Election: Illuminating the Impact of
Racial Prejudice and Other Considerations” [with Josh
Pasek, Yphtach Lelkes, Jon A. Krosnick, Keith Payne, Omair
Akhtar, and Trevor Tompson]. 2009.
Public Opinion Quarterly 73 (5): 943–994.
“Institutions and Equilibrium in the United States
Supreme Court” [with Robert Anderson]. 2007.
American Political Science Review 101 (4):
“Reconsidering the Impact of Behavior Prediction
Questions on Illegal Drug Use: The Importance of Using Proper
Analytical Methods” [with Daniel Schneider and Jon A.
Social Influence 2 (3): 178–196.
“The Impact of Policy Change Threat on Financial
Contributions to Interest Groups” [with Joanne M. Miller,
Jon A. Krosnick, Allyson Holbrook, and Laura Dionne]. 2016. In
Political Psychology: New Explorations, ed. Jon A.
Krosnick, I-Chant A. Chiang, and Tobias H. Stark. New York:
Research in progress
Revise and resubmit
“Lower Court (Non)Compliance With Supreme Court
Jurisprudential Regimes” [with Christopher Krewson and Ryan
“Are Policy Makers Out of Step with Their Constituency
When It Comes to Immigration?” [with Margaret Peters].
“Do Classic Findings from Convenience Samples of
College Students Generalize to the American Population?”
[with David Yeager, Jon A. Krosnick, Allyson Holbrook, and Penny
“Taking the Action Space Seriously: A Dirichlet-Process
“Properties of Ideal-Point Estimators.”
“What Roll-Call Data Can and Cannot Tell Us About
“Tax-Embedded Programs and the Politics of Public
Policy” [with Susannah Tahk].
“Do the News Media Shape How Americans Think About
Politics? New Statistical Procedures Cast New Light on an Old
Hypothesis” [with Jon A. Krosnick, Dean Lacy, and Laura
“Evolution of Public Discourse” [with Jennifer
“Nonparametric Estimation of Ideal Points using Locally
“Examining the Quality of Supreme Court Opinions”
[with Ryan J. Owens].
“Using ‘Words as Data’ to Estimate Supreme
Court Nominees’ Ideology” [with Ryan Owens and Justin
“Categorizing Judicial Opinions using Citation
“The Optimal Length of Rating Scales to Maximize
Reliability and Validity” [with Jon A. Krosnick].
npideal: Nonparametric Ideal-Point Estimation and Inference.
Committee, Statistical Software Award, Society for Political
Grant reviewer: National Science Foundation
American Journal of Political Science;
American Political Science Review;
American Politics Research;
British Journal of Political Science;
Comparative Political Studies;
International Journal of Public Opinion Research;
Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization;
Journal of Politics;
Journal of the American Statistical Association;
Legislative Studies Quarterly;
Public Opinion Quarterly;
Quarterly Journal of Political Science;
Statistics and Public Policy; Springer; Routledge