I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech UniversityI received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. My research focuses on American political institutions with an emphasis on congressional politics, the presidency, American political development, and separation of powers. I have published articles in journals such as the Journal of PoliticsLegislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Research Quarterly and a book that is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press