Assistant Professor of Government
Government And Legal Studies
Dudley Coe Building - 301B
Teaching this semester
GOV 2002. Judicial Politics
Introduces students to the study of judicial politics and judicial decision-making. Approaches large topics including how the nomination and confirmation process impact the federal courts; if elected politicians and unelected actors alter the court’s decision-making; factors the court considers when choosing which cases to hear; and actions the Supreme Court takes to ensure the public and lower courts comply with its rulings. Students explore different stages of the legal system (i.e. agenda-setting, decision-making, etc.) and assess their relative importance. Imparts the ability to define and apply social scientific theories to judicial decision-making and to the legal process as a whole.
GOV 2021. Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties
Examines questions arising under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
- B.A., Ph.D. Minnesota – Twin Cities