I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. My research agenda focuses on judicial politics with particular attention to gleaning insights into legal development from the content of judicial opinions and other legal texts through the use of computational text analytic techniques. I have published books with Oxford University Press and University of Kansas Press. My work also appears in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Legal Analysis, and Law and Society Review.

I completed my Ph.D in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. Before beginning my doctoral studies I earned my B.A. summa cum laude in History from Huntington University, my J.D. with high distinction from Ohio Northern University, and a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Toledo. I have clerked for federal judges in both the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

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