I am a fifth year PhD candidate in the political economics group at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. From 2019-2020, I will work in Congress as a staffer as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, and starting in the fall of 2020 I will start as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. I study how politicians within an institution influence one another and the consequences of this activity for the organization of American political institutions. My research develops formal models, derives their empirical implications, and then tests them using a combination of observations about institutional structure, historical analysis supplemented by archival research, and causal inference with observational data. I also develop new quantitive methods for adapting techniques from machine learning for inference.