Current Courses at UC Davis

The Strategy of Politics (POL 110)

Past: Spring 2017, Fall 2017, 2018 and 2019

Modeling Politics (POL 215)

Past: Fall 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Other Courses at UC Davis

Judicial Process and Behavior (POL 155)

Past: Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2019

Advanced Models of Politics (POL 282)

Past: Winter 2018

Principal-Agent Problems in American Political Institutions (POL 290A)

Past: Spring 2019

Teaching Interests

American Politics

American political institutions; American courts; judicial decision-making; U.S. bureaucracy; U.S. Congress; political economy.

Law, Courts, Criminal Justice & Public Policy

judicial process; law and economics; criminal justice; civil procedure; public management; organizational theory; economics of policymaking.

Research Methodology

formal/game theory; microeconomics; research design and causal inference; statistical inference; empirical modeling; quantitative methods for the practice of law and/or policy; computational social science.

Letters of Recommendation

I will write students a letter of recommendation if they get an A- or better in one of my courses. I strongly recommend that students seek letters from the courses where they performed the best. So, if you received an A- in my class, I should not be your first choice.

If I agree to write for you, please send me the following:

Information about the program(s)

  • List of institutions/programs you are applying to
  • The earliest application deadline
  • Links to submit my letter for each institution (usually, it's sent automatically from the application system)
  • If not law or policy school: a brief description of the degree you are pursuing

Information about you

  • Your resume
  • Draft of your personal statement OR a few paragraphs on why you want to go to grad school and why you think you're a good fit for the program
  • Electronic copies of any papers you completed for my course (if applicable), and a list of the grades you got in my class
  • If you are applying for a PhD program: your best research/term paper and/or honors thesis

Note: you must waive your right to view any letter that I write for you, unless we make specific arrangements otherwise. This is in your interest. If you do not waive your right to view your recommendation letter(s), they will likely carry less weight with admissions committees. Moreover, I will not agree to write you a letter unless it is favorable to your application.