The study of politics is, at its best, a lively and engaging endeavor. Few significant political controversies have been resolved with any sense of finality.
In my courses, students are expected to weigh in on these timeless debates. To that end, my courses are characterized by assignments and class discussions that require students to engage in critical reasoning, analysis and argumentation. In addition to Introduction to American Politics, I regularly teach classes on Law and Courts, Constitutional Law, and the American Presidency. These courses reflect my own research interests, which focus on the intersection of law and the U.S. presidency.
I am particularly interested the development of presidential legal policy and in the role played by executive branch legal officers (White House counsel, Attorneys General, etc.) in American national politics.