Here is a copy of my CV which I also detail below


Assistant Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor, Fort Lewis College, (2014-Present)

Faculty in Resident, Animas Hall, Fort Lewis College (2016-Present)


Cornell University                                                             Ph.D., Government (August 2014)

Dissertation: The United States Supreme Court and National State Expansion, 1789-1997 (nominated for APSA’s Edwin S. Corwin award  for best dissertation in public law, 2015)

Committee: Richard F. Bensel (chair), Michael Jones-Correa, Ken I. Kersch (Boston College), Aziz Rana, and Elizabeth Sanders

Boston College                                 B.A., Political Science and History, cum laude, (2008)

Teaching Areas

Law and Courts:  Judicial Politics, Constitutional Law: National Powers, Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Theory, First Amendment Theory, Law & Society, Criminal Justice

American Politics: Introduction to U.S. Government, Political Institutions, American Political Development, American Political Thought, U.S. Public Policy

Methods: Qualitative Methods, Research Design



The Supreme Court and the Development of the American State, 1790s-1990s (forthcoming with SUNY Press’s “American Constitutionalism” series)

Book Chapters

“The Problems of Litigating Hardrock Mining” in Brad Clark and Pete McCormick, Gold Metal Waters (forthcoming, 2018, with University of Colorado Press).

Book Review

Review of Douglas E. Edlin Common Law Judging: Subjectivity, Impartiality, and the Making of Law (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2016), Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 28, No. 2

Review of Thomas J. Main, ed. Is the American Constitution Obsolete? (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013), Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 23, No. 9, pp. 446-451.

Works in Progress

“The Supreme Court and the Rise of the Modern American State, 1870-1920” (rough draft complete)

“Majority to Minority: The Evolving Nature of the Bill of Rights” (preliminary research in progress).

Honors, Awards, and Grants

  • Foundation Grant, Fort Lewis College                                                                  2015-2017
  • Faculty Development Grant, Fort Lewis College                                      2014, 2015, 2017
  • Byron Dare Fellowship, Fort Lewis College                                                         2014, 2015
  • John L. Senior Chair of Institutions Grant, Cornell University                         2012-2013
  • American Political Science Association Centennial Center Scholar                          2013
  • Cornell Graduate School Travel Grant                                                                            2012
  • Houston I. Flournoy Graduate Fellow, Cornell University                                          2012
  • Government Department Travel Grant, Cornell University                                       2010
  • Russell Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University                                      2008-2009
  • National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates, Oklahoma State University                                                                                                                    2007
  • Order of the Cross and Crown, Boston College                                                              2007
  • Advanced Study Grant, Boston College                                                                           2006

Teaching Experience

Fort Lewis College

Introduction to American Government
Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers
American Presidency
Senior Research Seminar
Survey of Western Political Thought

Cornell University

Instructor of Record, Department of Government, (Freshman Writing Seminar):

  • American Law and Society
  • The Constitution, Sex, Marriage, and Privacy

Resident Tutor and Adviser, Cornell in Washington, Washington, D.C.

  • Research Seminar in American Studies
  • Politics and Policy: Theory, Research, and Practice

Teaching Assistant, Department of Government

  • Congress
  • Introduction to American Government
  • Supreme Court and Crime
  • Constitutional Politics
  • American Political Thought: Madison to Malcolm X

Conference Presentations


“The General Mining Act of 1872: Resettlement and State Formation in the Mountain West,” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2018


Teaching & Learning Conference, American Political Science Association, “Socratic        Method Today” participant, Long Beach, CA February 10-12, 2017


“Problems of Litigating Hardrock Mining,” Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, March 2016


“The U.S. Supreme Court and National State Development, 1789-1920”
Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 2015


“The Constitutional Foundations of the American Central State, 1789-2010.” Northeast Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2013

“The Supreme Court and American State Expansion, 1870-1930.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2013


“The Supreme Court and Patterns of American State Development, 1789-2011.” Policy History Conference, Richmond, VA, June 2012

“The Supreme Court and Patterns of American State Development, 1789-2011.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2012

“The Supreme Court and Patterns of American State Development, 1789-2011.” Western Political Science Association, Portland, OR, March 2012


“The Supreme Court and American State Development, 1789-2011.” New England Political Science Conference, Hartford, CT, April 2011


“Categories and Consequences: The Legal Construction of Reality in American Political Development.” New England Political Science Conference, Newport, RI, April 2010

 Invited participant, Constitutional Law “Schmooze” Baltimore, MD hosted by Mark Graber, February 2010

Invited Talks

 “Congressional and Legislative Tracking,” Indivisible Durango, February 2017

“Electoral College: Past, Present, and Future,” League of Women Voters, May 2017

Professional Service

  • Common Ground Diversity Facilitator, (May 2017-Present)
  • Strategic Enrollment Planning Committee, elected member, (Spring 2017-Present)
  • Awards Committee Member (Spring 2017-Present)
  • Political Science Department Assessment, Member, (September 2015-Present)
  • Pre-Law Assessment, Coordinator, (September 2015-Present)
  • Political Science Program Review, Member, (September 2016-May 2017)
  • Faculty Senator, Elected Member (Fall 2016-Present)
  • Faculty in Residence, Animas Hall, (Fall 2016-present)
  • Faculty Mentor (Fall 2016-Present)
  • Technical Services Librarian Search Committee, (Spring 2016)
  • Visiting Instructor of Philosophy Search Committee, (Spring 2016)
  • Political Science Tenure-Track Search Committee, (2015-2016)
  • Political Science Club Advisor (Fall 2015-Present)
  • Constitution Day Coordinator (Fall 2014-Present)
  • Pre-Law Program Coordinator and Advisor (Fall 2014-Present)
  • Co-Director, Teaching Assistant Trainer, Department of Government, Cornell University, (2011-2012)

Additional Training

  • Common Ground Facilitator                                                                                     May 2017
  • Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Ally Training                                                                             May 2016
  • Inter-university Consortium on Political and Social Research                          July 2013
  • Presenting Data and Information with Edward Tufte                                        June 2013
  • Institute for Constitutional Studies Seminar                                January-February 2013
  • Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research                                         June 2011
  • Empirical Legal Workshop                                                                                       May 2010
  • Institute for Constitutional Studies Research Workshop                                  June 2009
  • Pedagogy Course (Writing 7100: Teaching Writing)                                           Fall 2010


Richard F. Bensel (chair)
Gary S. Davis Professor of Government and Associate Chair
White Hall 214
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

Ken I. Kersch
Professor of Political Science, History, and Law
McGuinn Hall 219
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-380

Elizabeth Sanders
Professor of Government
White Hall 214
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-2305

Aziz F. Rana
Professor of Law
Cornell Law School
236 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Affiliations (past & present)

American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Western Political Science Association