I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Policy Research Shop within the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. In May 2015, I received my Ph.D. in American Politics with a minor in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. My dissertation is titled Information Processing and the Instability of Political Outcomes and I currently have a book expanding on themes from my dissertation under contract with the University of Chicago Press. I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 with a bachelor's in Political Science.
My research agenda focuses on policy change, asking why some policies persist - remaining the status quo for decades - while others undergo frequent adjustments. In particular, I am interested in measuring the capacity of institutions to attend to political information and then tracking the allocation of that attention across issues: what issues receive attention, for how long, and to what effect. I also study criminal justice, with a particular focus on racial patterns in police traffic stops.