Published Work

Journal Articles:

New Directions in Legislative Research: Lessons from Inside Congress.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 49 (July 2016): 473-477.” With Michael Crespin.

“Decommissioned Commissions: Holdover Capacity, Confirmation Dynamics and Independent Regulatory Commissions.” With Ian Ostrander. Journal of Public Policy, Forthcoming.

“Confirmation Wars and Collateral Damage: Assessing the Impact of Supreme Court Nominations on Presidential Success in the U.S. Senate.” With Richard L. Vining, Jr. and James E. Monogan III. Political Research Quarterly, Forthcoming.

“Nuclear Fallout: Investigating the Effect of Senate Procedural Reform on Judicial Nominations.” The Forum, 13 (December 2016): 623-641.  With Christina L. Boyd and Michael S. Lynch.

“The House Majority Party and the Rules Committee: Bargaining over Chamber Procedure.”  Legislative Studies Quarterly, 41 (August 2016): 633-655. With Michael S. Lynch and Jason M. Roberts.

“Regulating the Floor: Tabling Motions in the U.S. Senate, 1865-1945.”  American Politics Research, 44 (January 2016): 56-80. With Jamie L. Carson and Mark E. Owens.

“Coordination, not Coercion: Party Policy Committees and Collective Actions in the United States Senate.” Social Science Quarterly, 96 (March 2015): 34-48.  With Michael Crespin, Joel Sievert and Nathaniel Ament-Stone. 

“Partisan Signaling and Agenda Control in the U.S. House of Representatives.” Political Research Quarterly 67 (November 2014): 729-742. With Jamie L. Carson and Michael Crespin.

“Partisan Agenda Control and the Dimensionality of Congress.” American Politics Research 42 (July 2014): 600-627. With Keith L. Dougherty and Michael S. Lynch. 

“Qualifications or Philosophy? The Use of Blue Slips in a Polarized Era.” Presidential Studies Quarterly, 44 (April 2014): 290-308. With Ryan C. Black and Ryan J. Owens.

“Partisan Brand Name Building and Deficit Politics: Examining the Role of Power Sharing on Party Issue Consistency.” Journal of Public Policy, 33 (December 2013): 319-344.  With Michael S. Lynch.

“Viva Voce: Implications from the Disappearing Voice Vote, 1865-1996.” Social Science Quarterly, 94 (June 2013): 530-550.  With Michael S. Lynch.

“Partisan Efficiency in an Open-Rule Setting: The Amending Process in the U.S. Senate, 1865-1946.” Congress and the Presidency, 40 (May 2013): 105-128. With Jamie L. Carson and Mark E. Owens.

“Obstructing Agenda-Setting: Examining Blue Slip Behavior in the Senate.” The Forum, 9 (December 2011): Article 9.  With Ryan C. Black and Ryan J. Owens.

“Coalition Formation in the House and Senate: Examining the Effect of Institutional Change on Major Legislation.” The Journal of Politics, 73 (November 2011): 1225-1238. With Jamie L. Carson and Michael S. Lynch.

 “Assessing Congressional Responses to Growing Presidential Powers: The Case of Recess Appointments.”  Presidential Studies Quarterly, 41 (September 2011): 569-588.  With Ryan C. Black, Michael S. Lynch and Ryan J. Owens.

“Winning Coalition Formation in the U.S. Senate: The Effects of Legislative Decision Rules and Agenda Change.” American Journal of Political Science, 55 (April 2011): 276-288.

“Going Nuclear, Senate Style.” Perspectives on Politics, 5 (December 2007): 729-40.
With Sarah A. Binder and Steven S. Smith.

“Adding Recess Appointments to the President's `Tool Chest’ of Unilateral Powers."
Political Research Quarterly, 60 (December 2007): 645-654. With Ryan C. Black, Ryan J. Owens and Michael S. Lynch.

Other Publications:

 “Irregular Order: Examining the Changing Congressional Amending Process.” In Party and Procedure in the United States Congress, 2nd Edition. Jacob R. Straus and Matthew Glassman, editors. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. With Michael S. Lynch and Rachel Surminsky.

“Ideology, Qualifications, and Covert Senate Obstruction of Lower Court Nominations.” University of Illinois Law Review, 2014 (2): 347-388. With Ryan J. Owens, Ryan C. Black and Daniel E. Walter.

“APSA Fellowship with the Congressional Research Service.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 46 (July 2013): 700-701.

“Winning Coalition Formation in the U.S. Senate: Rejoinder to Schickler and Wawro.” American Journal of Political Science, April 2012.

"Senate Rules and Procedure: Revisiting the Bank Bill of 1841 and the Development of
Senate Obstruction." In New Directions in Congressional Politics. Jamie L.
Carson, editor. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Book Reviews:

“Review of Andrew J. Taylor, The Floor in Congressional Life.” Political Science Quarterly, 128 (Summer 2013): 376-377.

"Review of Nathan W. Monroe, Jason M. Roberts and David W. Rohde, Why Not Parties:
Party Effects in the United States Senate." Journal of Legislative Studies, 16 (March
2010): 143-146.