I'm a political science Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University. Broadly speaking, my research focuses on empirical legal studies and American political institutions. My dissertation, which I will defend this spring, investigates the iterative relationship between U.S. presidents and Supreme Court justices. Beyond my dissertation, my work addresses legal decision-making, Supreme Court legitimacy and public opinion, experimental methods, and the U.S. presidency. My doctrinal legal research centers on estates and trusts, and property law. My scholarship is forthcoming or has been published 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.
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 corporations 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 Tallahassee, FL 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)