I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin in the fields of Public Policy, American Politics, and Political Methodology. I earned my Ph.D. in political science in 2017 from the Ohio State University where I was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. My research examines how members of Congress overcome the constraints of the contemporary legislature by appealing to six key audiences: voters, colleagues, the party, interest groups, contributors, and the media. In addition to legislative politics, my research interests include the policy process, interest groups, network analysis, and text as data. Prior to graduate school I spent eleven years working for members of Congress, both on Capitol Hill and in a district office, an experience that informs much of my research agenda.