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cropped-DRM_Picture-14pqtrd.jpgI am a fourth year PhD student in Political Science Department at Washington University in St. Louis.

My research interests focus on American political institutions, broadly defined, with a particular emphasis on the president and organized interests.  My dissertation centers on the interactive relationship between presidents and organized interests.  Specifically, I explore how presidents allocate White House access to members of the organized interest community, and how this access helps presidents and organized interests achieve their respective goals.  My dissertation leverages several novel data sources, including the White House visitor logs from three different presidents (totaling over 7 million records) and an original survey of federal lobbyists.