My research program lies at the intersection of political institutions and public policy and broadly encompasses efforts to understand how horizontal and vertical institutional complexity influence policy.

Published Books

2016 The Federal Design Dilemma: Congress and Intergovernmental Delegation, Cambridge University Press.

Published Papers

2009 “Agency Discretion and Public Health Service Delivery,” Health Services Research 44(5, October):1897-1908.

2015 The Strategic Use of Congressional Intergovernmental Delegation. The Journal of Politics, 77(3), 620-634.

2015 Top-Down Federalism: State Policy Responses to National Government Discussions. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 45 (4): 495-525. With Charles Shipan (University of Michigan) and Craig Volden (University of Virginia)


Working Papers

“House and Senate Negotiations and Policy Choice,” with Daniel Magleby (Binghamton University)

“Congress and Judicial Review of Agency Actions,” with Charles R. Shipan (University of Michigan) and Yuhua Wang (Harvard University)

“Intergovernmental Collaboration and Distributive Public Policy,” with Anthony Bertelli (New York University)

“State Trends in Racial/Ethnic Health Insurance Disparities,” with Sarah C. Oppenheimer (doctoral student, University of Washington)

“The Politics of Health Insurance Inequities,” with Sarah C. Oppenheimer (doctoral student, University of Washington)

“Partners in Policy: Congressional Intergovernmental Delegation of Authority– A Consideration of House and Senate Coalition Formation”

“Innovation Choices & Diffusion Patterns: A Theoretical Framework for Policy Diffusion,”