UC Berkeley PhD Program, Political Science
Berkeley Law, Graduate Fellow in Empirical Legal Studies
UMass Amherst, B.A.s, Political Science, Economics
summa cum laude
Awarded William F. Field Alumni Scholarship (given to top student in major)
Full academic scholarship all four years
I'm slightly obsessed with politics. I'm the guy who screams at the TV while watching C-SPAN the way most guys do when watching football. That's why I decided to come to Berkeley, which has one of the top three political science departments in the country, to study the American political system full time.
While I find all things political fascinating, my own research focuses on the interaction between the federal courts, particularly the Supreme Court, and the larger political world. Particularly, I'm interested in how unelected judges are able to shape the landscape of electoral politics, and why citizens and elected officials are so willing to accept their judgments.
I've also taught a number of poli sci classes here at Berkeley, and I genuinely love sharing my knowledge with undergraduates. Whether you're a political junkie like me, you have your eyes on law school, or you're just trying to get through a required class, I'd love to help you get an A on your next paper or exam.
Political Science, Law
SPECIFIC TUTORING SERVICES:
Intro to American Government
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
Constitutional Law: Federalism/National Power
Judicial Politics/Public law
Law and Society
American Political Institutions
Public Opinion/Political Behavior
Political Science Research Methods
Political Science Writing
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS:
"Reviving the Schoolmaster: Re-evaluating public opinion in the wake of Roe v. Wade" (with John I. Hanley and Matthew Wright). Forthcoming. Political Research Quarterly.
"Abortion" (with Samantha Luks). 2008. In Constitutional Controversy and Public Opinion, ed. Nathaniel Persily, Jack Citrin, and Patrick Egan. Oxford University Press.
This chapter was quoted in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/25/us/25roberts.html?_r=1
"Judicial Unanimity and Dissent in the News Media." 2010. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association: Washington, DC.
"Federal Court Unity and Media Coverage of Racial Integration Cases." 2010. Presented at the Meeting of the Western Political Science Association: San Francisco, CA.
"Supreme Court Unity and Public Opinion: An Experimental Study." 2009. Meeting of the American Political Science Association: Toronto, ON.
"How do Supreme Court decisions shape the public debate? A Case Study of Mergens and Lamb's Chapel" (with Bruce Huber). 2008. Meeting of the American Political Science Association: Boston, MA.