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Contact Information:

Scott Hall 312A

601 University Place

Evanston, IL 60208

(847) 467-1147

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research.  My primary areas of research and teaching include the United States Congress, public opinion, congressional elections, political parties, and public policy.

My recent research explores the relationship between institutional arrangements, representation and policy formation in the context of increasing and intensifying partisan polarization. This includes my first book on bipartisan agreement and how party leaders in the House of Representatives shifted away from bipartisan legislation and toward legislation that divided the parties, and a forthcoming book that examines how legislators' perception of primary voters leads them to reject compromise. Other research projects focus on public preferences for bipartisan cooperation and compromise, public responses to legislative behavior and processes, and the politics of the federal budget.

I received my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2009 and was a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution during the 2013-2014 academic year.


I currently serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Political Science. All DUS communications should be sent to: