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I am an Assistant Professor in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.  I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. My research and teaching interests include U.S. state politics, bureaucratic delegation, and K-12 education governance. My research connects the effect of politics in the statehouse to K-12 education outcomes by the degree of policy discretion state politicians grant to the bureaucracy.

My research interests are largely influenced by my prior experience in K-12 education. I worked as a Research Analyst at the Center for Education Policy Analysis and Policy Analysis for California Education at Stanford University. In addition, I worked at the California Assembly Committee on Education, New Jersey State Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, and San Diego Unified School District.