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 how the design of institutions and rules 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 how policies related to the economy, energy, health, and technology (including AI) have the potential to impact human capital within the United States.​

My research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, has been published or is forthcoming at the American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Politics, Energy Policy, Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy​, Policy Studies Journal​, the Journal of Public Policy, Political Research Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly among other outlets. I have received two APSA awards: one in 2016 for the best dissertation in state politics, and one in 2021 for the best article in state politics. I published a book, entitled ​Following in Footsteps or Marching Alone?  How Institutional Differences Influence Renewable Energy Policy, from University of Michigan Press in 2023.  

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