The most common question I get is whether I am related to the famous Davy Crockett. I am not a direct descendant, but I am a first cousin five times removed, and I give great tours of the Alamo.
I served six years as a communications officer in the United States Army after college and before graduate school. My primary teaching and research interests are in the field of American politics, with a special focus on the American presidency. My first two books concern the leadership and electoral dilemmas confronted by presidents from the "opposition party" -- the party that is not normally advantaged in a particular political era.
I spend much of my time managing the extra-curricular activities of three young boys. I am also very active in my church. Faculty sponsor for the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and Young Conservatives of Texas.
Ph.D. - University of Texas at Austin
M.P.Aff. - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
B.A. - Georgetown University
The Opposition Presidency: Leadership and the Constraints of History, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002.
Running against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.
"An Excess of Refinement: Lame Duck Presidents in Constitutional and Historical Context," Presidential Studies Quarterly, 38 (December 2008): 707-721.
"Executive Privilege," in The Constitutional Presidency, eds. Joseph Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
Elections and Campaigns
Classical Political Thought
Conservative Political Thought
Community service & Involvement
Current member of the University Curriculum Council and the Pre-Law Advisory Committee.