Curriculum Vitae

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

Ted is a former attorney who is entering a second career in academia.  His primary area of research is law and courts, with particular emphasis on the analysis of interest group influence in public law litigation, and the relationship between the courts and the bureaucracy.

  • B.A, University of Oklahoma, 1988, Political Science
  • J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1991,  Law
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma, 2017, Political Science
More About

I am originally from Los Angeles, California, but spent my formative years in Oklahoma.  I eventually finished law school at the University of Oklahoma, and went on to practice law for approximately 20 years, with most of that time spent working in state government agencies, as well as the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office.  A few years ago, I decided to give up my legal career and pursue the academic life.  I applied to and was accepted to the Master’s program at the University of Oklahoma, where I received an M.A. in 2017.  As I searched for a place to do my doctoral work, UGA stood out as a program where many of the faculty were engaged in research on the judiciary.  That, and SPIA’s generous fellowship offer made the decision an easy one for me.

I always enjoyed the intellectual aspect of law more than the business side of it, so researching and studying the role of the judiciary in our system of government was a natural route for me to take.  Teaching is also important, and I look forward to imparting both my knowledge of the subject matter as well as my real world experience to the next generation.  My eventual goal is to secure a faculty position wherever I can make significant contributions both as a scholar and as a teacher.

Of Note
  • Graduate Fellow in Liberty, Citizenship, and Rights, University of Georgia Department of Political Science, 2018-2020
  • Institute for Humane Studies Graduate Fellowship, George Mason University, 2018-2020
  • Reed Graduate Fellowship, University of Georgia Department of Political Science, 2017-2018
  • Robberson Research and Creative Endeavors Grant, University of Oklahoma Graduate College, 2016
  • John Halvor Leek Memorial Scholarship, University of Oklahoma Department of Political Science, 2016
  • H.V. Thornton Memorial Award, University of Oklahoma Department of Political Science, 2016
  • Certification Scholarship to ICPSR Summer Program, Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models, 2016
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1990
Research Interests

Ted’s research interests include Public Law, Judicial Politics, Interest Groups, Bureaucracy, American Political Development, and Formal Theory and Analysis.