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I am a Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri. Located in the fields of American Politics and Public Law, my research interests span American political thought and development, constitutional law and theory, federalism, rights jurisprudence, human dignity, and constitutional design. My current book project, tentatively titled The Politics of Sovereignty: Federalism in American Political Development, presents a reconstruction of the theory of American federalism that foregrounds the ways in which the Constitution structures contests over political authority and its location. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the International Journal of Constitutional LawPresidential Studies Quarterly, the Tulsa Law Review, and multiple edited volumes.  Previously, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Associate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and, before that, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Program on Constitutionalism & Democracy at the University of Virginia, where I held a teaching appointment in the Department of Politics. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (’16, Government), A.M. from the University of Chicago (’11, Social Sciences), and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison (’08, Political Science & Philosophy).