I'm a visiting assistant professor of political science at Davidson College. My social science research focuses on empirical legal studies, judicial politics, and public support for Supreme Court decisions. My doctrinal legal work entails trust and estate law and property law. My scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly, The Oxford Handbook of American Law and the Judiciary, the Law & Politics Book Review, and the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Journal.
I teach courses on U.S. constitutional law (I & II), judicial process, law and society, political psychology, public opinion, legal research and writing, and American government. I'm also in the process of developing an advanced legal writing course that's designed as a Supreme Court simulation wherein students take on the various roles involved in the Supreme Court litigation process; this course actively engages students with semester-long tasks that include certiorari, briefs, oral arguments, and final majority and minority decisions.
Originally from Rochester, New York, I moved to South Carolina for college. Shortly after receiving my BA in history, I moved to Florida and worked for two different companies before I began law school. In 2011, I graduated from the Florida State University College of Law, with distinction. In May, 2014, I married my longtime girlfriend, Sara Anne, and we now live in North Carolina with our two dogs, Susie and Kennedy.
"It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. . . . This is the very essence of judicial duty."
-John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison (1803).
". . . we must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding. . . . intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently, to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs."
-John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland (1819).
“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?”
-James Madison, Federalist no. 51 (1788)