Department of Government
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. My research focuses on the relationship between the intense partisan polarization present in Congress and the devolution of policy implementation under American Federalism. I examine the ways in which state party organizations experience diverse demands from constituent bodies, resulting in unique resistance to national partisan pressure and creating opportunities for bi-partisan effort in spite of polarization. I focus on the role of these partisan dynamics by examining state reaction and resistance to federal policy devolution and national mandates.
I received a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to graduate school, I worked for a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about down-ballot issues. I aided in the creation of digital resources for citizens including information on state open records and meetings laws, ballot measures, state legislative, executive and judicial elections and even state policy.