Hello and welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in  Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I research American political institutions with a focus on two general questions of interest: how the design of regulation influences policy outcomes; and how institutional characteristics condition the spread or diffusion of policy. I primarily study the U.S. states with an emphasis on energy and economic policy, and my work heavily uses spatial econometric modeling.​

My research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, has been published or is forthcoming at the American Journal of Political ScienceEnergy PolicyJournal of Political Institutions and Political Economy​, Policy Studies Journal​, the Journal of Public Policy, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly among other outlets. My dissertation was recognized by the American Political Science Association for being the best dissertation in the field of state politics in 2016. A book project based on this dissertation, entitled ​Following in Footsteps or Marching Alone?  How Institutional Differences Influence Renewable Energy Policy is under development and has been given a contract by University of Michigan Press. 

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