I am a doctoral candidate in political science at Yale University. I am chiefly interested in American presidential leadership. My dissertation research concerns “presidential prioritization,” the process by which presidents and their teams determine the domestic policy issues on which they will focus at the start of their administrations. In this work, I find that presidents are “self-assertive” in the construction of their domestic policy agendas, leveraging their agency to advance their political projects. In companion research, I analyze expectations of presidential self-restraint throughout American history. My research has received external support from the Bach Fellowship and the Scowcroft Institute at Texas A&M University.
Alongside my research, I am passionate about undergraduate education and pedagogy more broadly. At Yale, I direct the Dahl Research Scholars, an undergraduate research program in the social sciences, at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. I likewise obtained a Certificate of College Teaching Preparation from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning. As a first-gen college graduate, I am particularly invested in advancing pedagogical practices that promote an accessible and engaging classroom environment across different subject areas.
Originally from New Haven, I returned to the Elm City after graduating from Williams College in 2018 with a degree in political science, history, and leadership studies. Whenever I can, I try to get up to northern New England or sneak in some theater.