I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science and an M.A. candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. I have also been Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley Law.

My research uses game theory and quantitative text analysis to study U.S. political institutions. I am particularly interested in the ways that principal-agent models of U.S. lower courts can help us better understand how different types of judges make decisions.

My dissertation uses a collection of principal-agent models to study law enforcement in federal trial courts. The models examine the conditions under which trial judges are incentivized to exert effort to acquire costly information about cases. They also assess the degree to which normatively desirable outcomes (such as impartiality or judgment accuracy) can be achieved in light of these incentives.

Before coming to Berkeley, I received an M.P.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a B.A. summa cum laude in politics and economics from Brandeis University. I have also worked in the corporate practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, and interned at the U.S. Embassy in Norway.

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