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In the fall, I’ll be joining the faculty of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor. I’m thankful for my time at UVa and thrilled to take this next step at Mason!


Good news. My dissertation has been nominated by the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago for APSA’s Harold D. Lasswell Best Dissertation Award.

This summer I’m teaching a community college class at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW) in Troy, VA. I’ll be using Constitutional law to introduce incarcerated students to the basic principles of US government. (For more on the facility see Erin George’s autobiography, A Woman Doing Life.)


As of Friday, I’ve completed all the requirements for a masters degree (M.L.S.) at the University of Chicago Law School. It’s been an intense, wonderful year of studying Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and various topics in Law & Society. This rigorous training has, and will continue to, inform the examination of law in my academic research. I’m proud to have been one of the two members of the inaugural cohort.

As a part of my coursework at the University of Chicago Law School, I’ll be attending a three-day seminar titled “The Roberts Court” next week. The seminar is co-taught by Lee Epstein (Washington University) and Adam Liptak (New York Times), with Judge Richard Posner, Dennis Hutchinson, and William Landes also participating.

I’m on the academic job market this fall. Please get in touch if you want to learn more about me, my research, or my teaching.

I’m one of two doctoral candidates selected for the new Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program at the University of Chicago Law School. The one-year degree program combines general 1L courses with advanced law courses relevant to my dissertation research. Tom Ginsburg will be my advisor through the program. I’m eager to elaborate, modify, and complicate the analysis of law in my research, and I’m confident that a joint degree with the Law School will advance that end.

I’ve been invited to attend a series of workshops put on by Project Safe Neighborhoods titled Strategic Problem Solving & Research Partnerships for Violence Reduction. The session will be held in Nashville on March 26.

I’ve accepted an invitation to moderate a panel on graduate student research in the social sciences at the University of Chicago. The conversation will be great; join me this Saturday, June 2nd at 2:45pm in Harper Memorial Library.

Updates coming soon…