My research focuses on issues lying at the intersection of legal, political, and normative theory.
The U.S. Supreme Court and the Domestic Force of International Human Rights Law. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.
Universal Rights and the Constitution. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2014.
“Foreign Law and Constitutional Rights in the US Courts of Appeals: Findings and Implications.” Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law 8(3) (2014): 251-75.
“The Supreme Court's Use of Foreign Law in Constitutional Rights Cases: An Empirical Study.” Journal of Law and Courts 1(2) (2013): 279-301.
“Inherent Sovereign Powers: The Influential Yet Curiously Uncontroversial Flip Side of Natural Rights.” Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review 4 (2013):133-67.
“Dog Sniffs, Robot Spiders, and the Contraband Exception to the Fourth Amendment.” Charleston Law Review 7 (2012): 111-37.
“Rights Without a Base: The Troubling Ambiguity at the Heart of Constitutional Law.” St. Louis University Law Journal 57 (2012): 101-50.
“The ACA Decision: A Rights Gap in Constitutional Discourse.” The Jurist, July 19, 2012.
“High Court and Health Care.” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sunday, April 1, 2012.
“Addressing Broad Challenges to Universal Theories of Justice.” The Good Society 19(2) (2010): 75-78.
“Legal Mobilization and U.S. Supreme Court Decision Making in Property and Civil Rights Cases, 1978–2003.” In Property Rights and Neoliberalism, edited by Wayne V. McIntosh and Laura Hatcher, 29-58. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Press, 2010 (with Rebecca U. Thorpe, Michael C. Evans, and Wayne V. McIntosh).
“Technological Advances and Individual Liberties: Privacy and the Reach of the State in the 21st Century.” In Democracy in the 21st Century, edited by Peter Nardulli, 105-30. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008 (with Wayne McIntosh).
Review of A Citizen’s Guide to the Constitution and the Supreme Court: Constitutional Conflict in American Politics, by Morgan Marietta. Law and Politics Book Review 24(2) (2014): 90-92.
Review of Community and Collective Rights: A Theoretical Framework for Rights Held by Groups, by Dwight Newman. Law and Politics Book Review 22(10) (2012): 503-06.
Review of Billy Budd, Sailor, by Herman Melville. Law and Politics Book Review 18(4) (2008): 344-47.
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Harvard College
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Political and Legal Theory
The Judiciary and American Politics