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 largely include the dynamics of interbranch politics, judicial retention, 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, and has helped facilitate operations at the University of Georgia’s Survey Research Center in the Department of Political Science on mass political polling in the State of Georgia since Fall 2018.

  • 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 in California’s central valley where he graduated from Woodcreek High School and was an active member of the high school speech and debate community. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Affairs after 3 years of undergraduate study, and began his doctoral pursuit in Georgia in August 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); and, updates to the Songer Project’s US Court of Appeals Database (Dr. Susan Haire, Fall 2019).

From a research perspective, Jake is largely concentrated on three central issue areas relating broadly to the federal judiciary, American institutions with an emphasis on interbranch coordination as it relates to the judiciary, and mass survey analytics. He is currently approaching the final stages on a handful of works, including: “Strategic Departure in the Federal District Courts: Ideological Congruence and Modern Partisanship” (working title, co-authored with Mackenzie Vaughn); and, “The Power of the Purse: Budgets, Politics, and the Development of the American Judiciary” (working title).

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