Greetings! I am an assistant professor of political science at Marquette University.
My research examines the political economy of policy knowledge in the United States. A central dilemma of contemporary American politics is that ideological polarization has eroded a shared cognitive basis for reasoning about how to solve public problems. To better understand this dilemma, my work builds on comparative political economy scholarship on how the US “knowledge regime”—the organizational infrastructure that generates ideational frameworks, analysis, and advice—affects the way that policymakers recognize problems, build coalitions, and develop viable policy solutions. While existing work treats variation in knowledge regimes across national contexts, I show that variation within the US context—across time, policy area, and institutional venue—has significant consequences for the character of public policy. My published and forthcoming work also focuses on how fragmented policy designs are shaping the politics and policy of health care in the US, as well as how policymakers and frontline workers overcome challenges associated with fragmentation.
In 2015-16, I was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Policy Institute. I completed my PhD in political science at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015.