Welcome!

I'm a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House, working with Beth Simmons' Borders and Boundaries group. I received a PhD in Government and an MS in Statistics and Data Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Broadly, I study formal institutional design, with a focus on American politics and international relations. Legal documents - such as laws, constitutions, or treaties - often contain institutional rules, which describe who can do what, when, and to whom. Unfortunately, dense legal texts are difficult for non-experts to interpret. In my work, I use machine learning tools to unlock the information contained in these documents, which I use to study the political and policy origins of formal institutional design choices.