I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at University of California, Merced.  My primary research interests focus on the design of American political institutions, particularly legislatures, and the value of certain features of institutional designs to actors such as members, parties, and constituents.   Much of my current work focuses on the effects of legislative rules and the structure of legislatures on political party strategies and member voting behavior.  As a member of the Choctaw Nation, I also have working research projects investigating the differing legislative structures of Native American Tribal Councils and their effect on intra-tribal, inter-tribal, and government relationships and policy outcomes. My teaching interests include both American politics, race politics, gender politics and quantitative methods.