My research and teaching interests are broadly in American law and politics. My work sits at the intersection of a number of sub-disciplines of political science, including American institutions, judicial politics, American political development, law and society, and political behavior. My primary research agenda aims to understand the effectiveness of “private enforcement statutes,” federal laws in which the primary mechanism of enforcement is private litigation, rather than direct bureaucratic action. I argue that a number of actors—presidents, bureaucratic agencies, judges and interest groups—all have a hand in determining whether individuals will make use of private rights of action by filing lawsuits.
In other research, I examine how the the public and governmental actors respond to Supreme Court decisions, as well as public preferences about judicial institutions and legal outcomes.