University of Missouri



Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies (Second Edition). (with David E. Lewis), Washington, DC: Administrative Conference of the United States (2018).  Available at:

Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies. (with David E. Lewis), Washington, DC: Administrative Conference of the United States (2012).  Available at:


“The Best Laid Plans: How Administrative Burden Complicates Voting Rights Restoration Law and Policy.” Missouri Law Review 84(4):1000-1036 (2020). Available at:

“Don’t Sweat the Details!: Enhancing Congressional Committee Capacity Through The Use of Detailees.”  (with Russell W. Mills), Legislative Studies Quarterly 42(4):611-636 (2017).  Available at:

“Understanding Employee Turnover in the Public Sector: Insights from Research on Teacher Mobility.”  (with Jason A. Grissom and Samantha L. Viano), Public Administration Review 76(2):241-251 (2016).  Available at:

“What Makes an Agency Independent?” American Journal of Political Science 59(4):971-987 (2015).  Available at:

“Political Control and the Forms of Agency Independence.”  (with David E. Lewis), George Washington Law Review 83(4/5):1487-1516 (2015).  Available at:

“Influencing the Bureaucracy: The Irony of Congressional Oversight.”  (with Joshua D. Clinton and David E. Lewis), American Journal of Political Science 58(2):387-401 (2014).  Available at:

“The House as a Stepping Stone to the Senate: Why Do So Few African-American House Members Run?”  (with Gbemende Johnson and Bruce I. Oppenheimer), American Journal of Political Science 56(2):387-399 (2012).  Available at:

Book Reviews

“Book Review: Presidential Leverage: Presidents, Approval, and the American State.”  Perspectives on Politics 16(3):842-843 (2018).  Available at:

“Book Review: Agenda Crossover: The Influence of State Delegations in Congress.”  Political Science Quarterly 133(3):590-592 (2018).  Available at:

“Book Review: Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment.” American Review of Public Administration 47(4):496-497 (2017).  Available at:


“How the Constitution’s federalist framework is being tested by COVID-19.”  FixGov (June 8, 2020).  Available at:

“Can the president really order the military to occupy US cities and states?”  The Conversation (June 2, 2020).  Available at:

“Trump versus the states: What federalism means for the coronavirus response.” The Conversation (April 17, 2020). Available at: the-states-what-federalism-means-for-the-coronavirus-response-136361. 

“Impeachment resolution: 3 reasons the House voted even though the Constitution doesn’t require it.”  The Conversation (October 30, 2019).  Available at:

“Trump, Ukraine, and a whistleblower: Ever since 1796, Congress has struggled to keep presidents in check.”  The Conversation (September 25, 2019).  Available at:

“Staff have the skills to assist Congress, but they need more resources.”  (with Hanna K. Brant), (October 9, 2018).  Available at:

“As DACA Winds Through Courts, A Cautionary Tale in Executive Orders,” (June 7, 2018).  Available at:

“Is the Administrative State Legitimate?”  (with Joseph Postell), Starting Points (October 30, 2017).  Available at:

“Congressional committee staffs have shrunk.  Here’s one way Congress makes up the difference.”  (with Russell W. Mills), Monkey Cage, Washington Post (June 14, 2017).  Available at: