I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Yale University and a Research Fellow at Yale Law School’s Center for Private Law, with interests in democratic and constitutional theory, administrative law and the legislative process, and property theory. My research focuses primarily on the normative implications of democratic theory for the structure of government.
My dissertation, Structuring Democracy, draws on both competitive and deliberative democratic theory as well as legal process theory to develop a novel theory of the separation of powers: the separation of powers institutionalizes a deliberative moment in the governance process—but one that is downstream of the legislative process. This “articulation” theory offers an alternative to the dominant Madisonian approach to theorizing constitutional structure. The dissertation identifies distinctive democratic justifications for a variety of government institutions—including the separation of powers, administrative insulation from political control, and administrative due process protections—that have more familiarly been defended on liberal grounds.
I have published work on presidential power and on legislative organization, and I have additional ongoing work on these topics as well as about election law and about property theory.
I received a B.A. from Columbia University in 2015 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2022.