Research



Research Areas

  • Congress: Electoral Politics and Institutional Development
  • Presidency: Policymaking Powers, Congressional Relations, and Party Politics
  • Political Parties: Historical Development and Electoral Competition


Selected Publications

Congress & Institutional Development

  • Electoral Incentives in Congress. 2018. University of Michigan Press, with Jamie Carson.
  • “The Impact of Electoral Rules and Reforms on Election Outcomes.” 2020. American Politics Research 48(6): 738-749.
  • “Congressional Candidates in an Era of Party Ballots.” 2017. Journal of Politics 79(2): 534-545, with Jamie Carson.
  • “Electoral Reform and Changes in Legislative Behavior: Adoption of the Secret Ballot in Congressional Elections.” 2015. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 40(1): 83-110, with Jamie Carson.

Congressional Elections
  • “Nationalization and the Incumbency Advantage.” 2020. Political Research Quarterly 73(1): 156-168, with Jamie Carson and Ryan Williamson. 
  • “Nationalization in US Senate and Gubernatorial Elections.” 2019. American Politics Research 47(5): 1055-1080, with Seth McKee.

Presidency

  • “Presidential Communication During the Legislative Process.” 2020. Social Science Quarterly 101(3): 1165-1182, with Ian Ostrander.
  • “Public Attitudes Toward Presidential Veto Powers.” 2018. Research & Politics, 5(1): 1-6, with Ryan Williamson.
  • “Constraining Presidential Ambition: Controversy and the Decline of Signing Statements.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 47(4): 752–776, with Ian Ostrander.

  • “The Logic of Presidential Signing Statements.” 2013. Political Research Quarterly 66(1): 141-153, with Ian Ostrander 


Selected Work in Progress

  • The Less Responsive Branch?: Politics and Development in the Early US Senate (Book Project)
  • Nationalized Politics (Book Project), with Jamie Carson and Ryan Williamson.
  • “The Appearance of Congressional Leaders in Campaign Advertisements”, with Kevin Banda.

  • “Public Evaluations of Interbranch Conflict”, with Ryan Williamson.

  • “Presidential Strategies in Statements of Administration Policy”, with Ian Ostrander.