This page contains information on my published research and my ongoing research projects.


Legislating in the Dark: Information and Power in the House of Representatives (University of Chicago Press, 2015) [buy] [data]

Awards: [Alan Rosenthal Prize] [E.E. Schattschneider Award] [Carl Albert Award]

Reviews: [Journal of Politics] [The Forum] [Washington Monthly] [Congress & the Presidency] [Perspectives on Politics]

Related media: [New Books Network (podcast)] [No Jargon (podcast)] [Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group] [“Why House Republican are keeping their health care bill secret,” Mischiefs of Faction/Vox] [“House leadership has been writing bills behind closed doors for years,” Polyarchy/Vox] [“Yes, Mitch McConnell’s secretive lawmaking is really unusual — in these 4 ways,” The Monkey Cage/Washington Post] [“Here’s why Senate Republicans are being so secretive with their Obamacare repeal plan,” Mischiefs of Faction/Vox]

Articles & Book Chapters

What is Regular Order Worth? Partisan Lawmaking and Congressional Processes” (w/ Frances E. Lee) Journal of Politics, forthcoming 2020

“Capacity in a Centralized Congress” (w/ Frances E. Lee) in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline of Congressional Capacity and the Prospects for Reform (University of Chicago Press), forthcoming 2020

Knowledge, Expertise, and Committee Power in the Contemporary Congress” Legislative Studies Quarterly, 2019

Congressional Processes and Public Approval of New Laws” Political Research Quarterly2019

“Congress at Work: Legislative Capacity and Entrepreneurship in the Contemporary Congress” (w/ Frances E. Lee). In Can America Govern Itself? (Cambridge University Press), 2019

Non-Party Government: Bipartisan Lawmaking and Party Power in Congress” (w/ Frances E. Lee) Perspectives on Politics 17(1), 2019

Lawmaker Age, Issue Salience, and Senior Representation in Congress” (w/ Matthew Haydon) (supplemental appendixAmerican Politics Research 46(4), 2018

The Impact of District Magnitude on the Legislative Behavior of State Representatives” (w/ Paul S. Herrnson and Jeffrey A. Taylor) Political Research Quarterly 71(2), 2018

In-Depth Qualitative Research and the Study of American Political Institutions” PS: Political Science & Politics 50(1), 2017

The Impact of District Magnitude on Ballot Drop-off and Roll-off” (w/ Paul S. Herrnson and Jeffrey A. Taylor) Legislative Studies Quarterly 40(4), 2015

The Impact of District Magnitude on Campaign Fundraising” (w/ Paul S. Herrnson and Jeffrey A. Taylor) Legislative Studies Quarterly 38(4), 2013

Issue Voting and Partisan Defection in Congressional Elections” (w/ Paul S. Herrnson) Legislative Studies Quarterly 36(2), 2011

“Issue Voting in the 2006 Elections for the U.S. House of Representatives” (w/ Paul S. Herrnson) Congress Reconsidered 9th Edition, 2009

Research in Progress

Working Both Sides of the Aisle? Senate Delegations and the Distribution of Federal Funds” (w/ Christopher P. Donnelly)

“Giving the Minority Credit: Restrained Majority Party Agenda Control in the House of Representatives” (w/ Andrew O. Ballard)

Self-executing Rules and Party Leadership Power in the House of Representatives

Reconceptualizing Committee Desirability in Congress: The House Committee on Rules” (w/ Jill L.Curry)

The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era  (book project w/ Frances E. Lee)