Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Jake is a Ph.D Student pursuing his doctorate in political science with a focus in American institutions and an emphasis in law and courts. His research interests generally include the dynamics of interbranch politics, judicial retention and departure, and other select topics related to the American federal judiciary and the United States Supreme Court. He is also interested in American electoral politics and survey analytics.

Education
  • University of Nevada Reno (2015-2018)
    • B.A. Political Science
    • B.A. International Affairs: Law, Diplomacy, and Organization
  • George Mason University (Fall 2016)
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Jake is originally from Roseville, California and graduated from Woodcreek High School in June 2015 where he played rugby and was a member of the school’s competitive speech and debate program. He subsequently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Affairs after only three years of study. He began his doctoral pursuit at the University of Georgia in Fall 2018.

As an undergraduate, Jake participated in several political and government-oriented internship and employment opportunities, including: campaign intern for Catherine Cortez-Masto for Senate (2015-2016); legal intern for the clerk of court, 2nd Judicial District of Nevada (Summer 2017); Programs Director, Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Legislative Affairs (2017-2018); and, intern for the Clerk of Court, United States Supreme Court (2016).

During his academic career in Nevada and Georgia, Jake has had the chance to act as a research assistant for a handful of incredible research and policy efforts, including: The Nevada Recidivism Project (Dr. Aleksey Kolpakov, Spring 2018); “How Social Security Administration Appeals Fare in the Federal Trial Courts” (Dr. Christina Boyd, 2018-2019); updates to the Songer Project’s US Court of Appeals Database (Dr. Susan Haire, Fall 2019); and the Georgia Secretary of State’s research on absentee balloting procedure and signature match verification (Dr. Audrey Haynes and Dr. M.V. (Trey) Hood III, Spring 2021).

From a teaching perspective, Jake has had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant and instructor of record for POLS 1101: Introduction to American Government and POLS 3600: Criminal Justice Administration.

As for his research focuses, Jake is largely concentrated on three central issue areas relating broadly to the federal judiciary, American institutions with an emphasis on interbranch coordination with the judiciary, and mass survey analytics. He is currently approaching the final stages on a several works, including: “Strategic Departure in the Federal District Courts: Ideological Congruence and Modern Partisanship” (working title, co-authored with Mackenzie Vaughn). He also has several articles currently under review, including: The Supreme Spectacle: An Analysis of Public Attendance at the Supreme Court (Research Note, Under Review); and Explaining Congressional Support for the Judiciary (co-author: Dr. Teena, Wilhelm, Under Review).

When he is not spending an exorbitant amount of time researching, Jake spends most of his time between April and October as an unabashedly miserable New York Mets fan (they’re going to win the pennant this year, maybe…probably not). He also loves spending time with his awesome wife, Emily, and their puppy, Nala!

Of Note
  • Intern, Supreme Court of the United States (Fall 2016)
  • Intern, 2nd Judicial District Court of Nevada (Summer 2018)
  • Intern, Campaign to Elect Catherine Cortez Masto to the United States Senate (2015-2016)
  • Op-Ed Contributor, Nevada Sagebrush and UGA Red & Black
  • Director of Projects, Department of Legislative Affairs, Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno (2017-2018)
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • 2017 Sidney M. Robinson Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Research Interests

American institutions; federal judiciary; United States Supreme Court; judicial retention; judicial politics; survey analytics