I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in mass politics and representation in the American context. My current research projects study (1) the role of primary elections in shaping incentives for incumbent positioning (2) the role of the president in shaping the electoral performance of their party (3) the role of elections in encouraging legislative support of the president. I am also interested in other areas of mass politics including intra-party division and public attitudes on economic policy and economic inequality. My research has been published in Political Research Quarterly and Political Science Quarterly. Prior to my time at Pitt, I received a B.S. in Economics and Political Science at the College of Charleston.