am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Political Science Department at Florida
State. I study American Politics & Public Policy. My research
interests include voting, elections, interest groups, and direct
My dissertation focuses on the determinants and consequences of state
imposed restrictions on the initiative process. The project addresses
three specific questions. First, why do certain states opt to restrict
interest group use of the initiative process more than others?
Second, how do these election laws, once imposed, shape the ability of
interest groups to successfully use the initiative process? And third,
how does interest group involvement in initiative sponsorship shape
voter behavior on Election Day?
I am engaged in a collaborative project with William Berry (FSU), Charles Barrilleaux (FSU), Lanny Martin (Rice), and Belinda Davis (LSU) that explores an alternative measure of state electoral competition created from a new dataset of historical state legislative election outcomes. I have also developed an extensive on-going research program on both congressional and presidential candidate position-taking in elections with John Ryan (FSU), Yanna Krupnikov (Northwestern), and Elizabeth Simas (Houston). For this program, we have constructed several novel datasets that catalogue the issue content of candidate campaign websites as well as the district-level media coverage of these campaigns.