ABOUT ME

I’m a Research Assistant Professor with the School of Law and a faculty affiliate with the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  I’m also a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Michigan. My research focuses on international relations and international law, including how domestic law and politics impact international institutions. I’m especially interested in the law and politics of migration, and the dynamics of treaty negotiation and formation.

My work is published or forthcoming in law reviews such as the Michigan Law ReviewAmerican Journal of International Law, Law and Contemporary Problems, and Virginia Journal of International Law, and in books published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and others. My short articles have been published in FiveThirtyEight and Slate.

I am currently pursuing two primary research initiatives. In a series of papers (co-authored with James D. Morrow), a co-author and I develop a formal model of multilateral treaty-making. Guided by this theory, we develop an empirical model based on negotiating data collected from the archived records of a dozen of the last few decades’ most significant international conventions. Our goal is to use the models to assist negotiators in finding sets of treaty terms that will appeal to a critical mass of key states, thereby improving prospects for effective global cooperation in areas such as trade, disarmament, migration and environmental. A second initiative (with co-author Adam Feldman) develops the first judicial ideology measure covering nearly the entire federal judiciary. The measure is derived from text analysis of tens of thousands of qualitative judicial evaluations from legal experts familiar with judges’ decisions. The data will allow researchers to address important questions about judging and judicial behavior that were previously intractable due to data limitations.

Before coming to the Law School, I taught courses in international law and federal courts at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Virginia School of Law.  During the summer of 2012, I served as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford.

I’ve served as a federal judicial clerk for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  I was also formerly a government enforcement litigation associate with the international law firm Skadden, Arps in Washington, DC, where I handled cases involving the World Bank, international corrupt practices investigations, and the constitutionality of pending federal and state legislation.  I received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and an LL.M. (focus in international law) from Georgetown University Law Center.