I am currently a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Missouri and a research assistant with the Truman School of Public Affairs. I study issues at the intersection of public management, administrative politics, and public policy. Most of my research explores how bureaucracies and elected officials gather information on problems encountered during policy implementation and how these problems influence organization behavior and performance.
My dissertation research considers how bureaucracies and elected officials monitor problems related to the implementation of public policies. Although many programs are successfully implemented, problems that disrupt service delivery or policymakers’ intentions are common and seemingly inevitable. In the three empirical chapters, I explore how and why bureaucrats identify problems, the size of federal inspectors general monitoring agenda, and how members of Congress use the Government Accountability Office to assist in policymaking and administrative oversight.
A copy of my CV is available here.
PhD, Political Science, 2020
University of Missouri
BS, Political Science, 2015
Black Hills State University
(Conditionally accepted) “Taking Time (and Space) Seriously: How Scholars Falsely Infer Policy Diffusion from Model Misspecification.” (with Christopher Gandrud and Laron K. Williams), Policy Studies Journal
“The Importance of Agency and Oversight Capacity in Enhancing Accountability in Policy Implementation” with Lael R. Keiser
“Delegated Oversight and the Politics of Problem Monitoring: The Case of Federal Inspectors General”
“Well Advised or Politically Informed? How Congress Directs Program Evaluation and Oversight”