Research

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • The FCC’s Transaction Reviews, First Amendment Risks, and the Rule of Law, 39 REGULATION 38 (2016-2017).
  • How the Internet, the Sharing Economy, and Reputational Feedback Mechanisms Solve the “Lemons Problems” (with Adam Thierer, Anne Hobson, and Chris Kuiper), 70 U. MIAMI L. REV. 830 (2016).
  • FCC Transaction Reviews and First Amendment Risks (with Brent Skorup), 39 HARVARD J.L. & PUB. POL. 675 (2016).
  • The Sharing Economy and Consumer Protection Regulation: The Case for Policy Change (with Matthew Mitchell and Adam Thierer), 8 J. BUS. ENTREPRENEURSHIP & L. 529 (2015).
  • Today’s Solutions, Tomorrow’s Problems, and What is the Sharing Economy?, CATO UNBOUND (February 2015) (online symposium on public policy for the sharing economy).

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Taxis, Taxis, and Governance in the Vehicle-for-Hire Industry (with Matthew Mitchell), in THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF LAW AND REGULATION OF THE SHARING ECONOMY (forthcoming 2018).
  • The Changing of the Guard: The Political Economy of Administrative Bloat, in American Higher Education (with Todd Zywicki), in UNPROFITABLE SCHOOLING: EXAMINING CAUSES OF, AND FIXES FOR, AMERICA’S BROKEN IVORY TOWER. (forthcoming 2018).

LONG-FORM RESEARCH

  • Defining Common Carriers: Flight Sharing, the FAA, and the Future of Aviation. Mercatus Working Paper. 2017.
  • How FCC Transaction Reviews Threaten Rule of Law and the First Amendment (with Brent Skorup). Mercatus Working Paper. 2016.
  • Evaluating the Growth of the 1099 Workforce (with Eli Dourado). Mercatus on Policy Paper. 2016.
  • Rethinking Taxi Regulations: The Case for Fundamental Reform (with Matthew Mitchell and Michael Farren). Mercatus Research Paper. 2016.
  • Entry Regulation and Rural Health Care: Certificate-of-Need Laws, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, and Community Hospitals (with Thomas Stratmann). Mercatus Working Paper. 2016.
  • How Lame are Lame Ducks? (with Matthew Mitchell and Emily Washington). Mercatus on Policy Paper. 2014.
  • Bottling Up Innovation in Craft Brewing: A Review of the Current Barriers and Challenges (with Matthew Mitchell). Mercatus on Policy Paper. 2014.

SHORT-FORM RESEARCH

  • Flight Sharing and the Future of Aviation (with Andrea O’Sullivan). Mercatus Policy Briefing. 2017.
  • The Future of Supersonic Flight (with Andrea O’Sullivan). Mercatus Policy Briefing. 2017
  • Ridesharing vs. Taxis: Rethinking Regulations to Allow for Innovation (with Matthew Mitchell and Michael Farren). Mercatus on Policy Paper. 2017.
  • Certificate-of-Need Laws and Michigan: Rural Health Care, Medical Imaging, and Access (with Thomas Stratmann and Scott Eastman). Mercatus on Policy Paper. 2016. Replicated for North Carolina.
  • Certificate-of-Need Laws: Implications for New Hampshire (with Thomas Stratmann). Mercatus on Policy Paper. 2015. Replicated for Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Behavioral Economics, Consumer Choice, and Regulatory Agencies (with Nita Ghei). Mercatus Economic Perspectives Paper. 2013.

TESTIMONY

  • The Failure of West Virginia’s Certificate-of-Need Program. Testimony before the West Virginia Senate Health and Human Resources Committee. March 9, 2017.
  • Reforming Craft Brewing Laws in Nebraska. Written testimony before the Nebraska General Affairs Committee. February 13, 2017.
  • Comments regarding Occupational Licensing in North Carolina. Written testimony before the North Carolina Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Occupational Licensing Board Oversight. March 16, 2016
  • Certificate-of-Need Laws: Implications for South Carolina. Written testimony before the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control. June 12, 2015.
  • New Hampshire’s Certificate-of-Need Regulations. Written testimony before the New Hampshire House of
  • Representatives: Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee. January 28, 2015.

PUBLIC INTEREST COMMENTS

  • Informational Injury in FTC Privacy and Security Cases (with Adam Thierer, Andrea Castillo, and Jennifer Huddleston). Public interest comment submitted to the Federal Trade Commission. October 27, 2017.
  • The Regulation of Taxi and Limousine Industries in Pennsylvania (with Matthew Mitchell and Michael Farren). Public interest comment submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. September 19, 2016.
  • The Sharing Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators (with Adam Thierer and Matthew Mitchell). Public interest comment submitted to the Federal Trade Commission. May 26, 2015.
  • Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations-Movie Theaters; Movie Captioning and Audio Description (with Scott Eastmann). Public interest comment submitted to the Department of Justice. November 26, 2014.

AMICUS BRIEFS

  • Women’s Surgical Center v. Reese (Georgia Supreme Court). Amicus brief in support of petitioners on behalf of scholars of certificate-of-need laws.

  • 616 Croft Ave., LLC v. City of West Hollywood (US Supreme Court). Amicus brief in support of cert. petition on behalf of scholars of land use regulation. 2017.

  • Colon Health Centers of America, LLC v. Hazel (4th Circuit). Amicus brief in support of appellants on behalf of health economics and scholars of law and economics. 2015.


Teaching

January 2015 – Present

Adjunct Professor - Scalia Law School at George Mason University

  • LAW 289: Perspectives on Regulation
  • LAW 624: State Attorneys General Seminar

May 2015 – Present

Adjunct Professor - Economics Department, George Mason University

  • ECON 470: Economics of Regulation

Experience

& Education

March 2017 – PResent

Director, Technology Policy Program

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Lead a team of seven researchers and support staff focused on researching the intersection of public policies, technology, and innovation.
  • Develop and execute the team’s vision and mission, manage an annual research budget of approximately $50,000, and coordinate with our communications, outreach, and media teams to ensure consistent understanding and messaging of our research.
  • Represent the organization’s research and priorities before policymakers, media, donors, and the general public at both public and private briefings.
  • Conduct research on regulation, emerging technology, and competition with a focus on topics such as transportation, antitrust, and reform of state and federal administrative agencies.

August 2014 – MArch 2017

Senior Research Fellow (Promoted From Research Fellow in Oct. 2016)

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for law and policy.
  • Contributor at The Hill.
  • Published eight journal articles and released more than 30 policy briefs covering topics such as regulation, the sharing economy, telecommunications, aviation, administrative agencies, and the First Amendment.
  • Authored more than 50 opinion pieces in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The New York Post, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
  • Drafted three amicus briefs filed with the US Supreme Court, Georgia Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Briefed congressional offices and state legislators on issues related to regulation, health care, antitrust, aviation, telecommunications, occupational licensing, craft brewing, and the future of work.
  • Spoke to numerous universities and student groups about regulation and innovation.

MAy 2013 – August 2014

Program Manager, Project for the Study of American Capitalism

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Expanded the project’s research portfolio from 5 projects to over 50 projects in process.
  • Coordinated with the project’s director, as well as research, communications, outreach, and media teams to prioritize research, commission projects based on our priorities, and ensure high-quality, policy-relevant research products.

August 2012 – MAy 2013

Research Assistant

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Supported the research fellows for the Project for the Study of American Capitalism and the Financial Markets Working Group by conducting data collection, completing literature reviews, and drafting reports on issues such as financial regulation, state economic development programs, agriculture policy, state constitutional law, and measuring degrees of competitiveness in various regulated industries.
  • Designed a nation-wide survey to measure how small banks were affected by the Dodd-Frank Act, which was ultimately used as the basis for a report on regulatory reforms.

 

August 2012 – January 2013

Law Clerk

Republican Governors Association

  • Assisted the general counsel, which include First Amendment and campaign finance litigation in Vermont.
  • Drafted briefings and memoranda on developments in campaign finance and election law.

MAY 2014

LL.M., Law and Economics, Scalia Law School at George Mason University

MAY 2012

J.D. (cum laude), Ave Maria School of Law

  • Associate Editor (2011-2012), Ave Maria Law Review
  • Associate Member (2010-2011), Ave Maria Moot Court Board

MAY 2009

B.A., American History, Hanover College