I am a Professor of Political Science, the Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth Public Affairs Professor in the School of Public & International Affairs, affiliated faculty in the Criminal Justice Studies Program, and courtesy appointed in the School of Law at the University of Georgia. My scholarship and teaching focus on judicial politics, judicial diversity, empirical legal studies, and the quantitative examination of federal trial and appellate courts and judges, administrative agencies, and other legal actors. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in places such as Oxford University Press, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Northwestern Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Political Research Quarterly, and Law & Society Review.

In 2009, I received my Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to graduate school, I received a B.A. with honors in political science from the University of Florida in 2001 and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2004. I am a member of the North Carolina Bar (inactive), and I grew up in beautiful western Montana.