"I applied for the University Scholars Program in order to broaden my own perceptions of the world, as well as contribute to what is arguably one of the most important issues that faces the United States today: threats to national security. The University Scholars Program offers the resources that allow for meaningful and useful research, including the opportunity to work with an experienced and established mentor. I hope to become more knowledgeable and exposed to the realm of academic research, as well as the publication process in general."
Political Science, History
United States national security and foreign policy; U.S. Supreme Court history; constitutional law.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's List (2008-2010)
- Florida Medallion Scholar
- UF Golden Key
- Phi Alpha Delta
- The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Avalon Riding Academy, equine therapeutic services for children with disabilities.
Hobbies and Interests
- Riding, training, and showing American Saddlebred horses, running, and spending time outdoors.
Expansion of Presidential Power in an Age of Terrorism
During times of emergency, United States’ Presidents have had to seemingly infringe upon certain protections provided to citizens and non-citizens under the United States Constitution. Individuals charged with sabotage, conspiracy, and other crimes that have posed threats to America’s national security have placed themselves in situations that potentially jeopardized those protections. Presidents holding office during times of emergency have often derived legitimacy from Article II of the Constitution in defending such expansions of power. The purpose of my research will be to examine actions taken by past Presidents who expanded the traditional scope of the office during threats to the nation’s security, as well as arguments promoting or condemning those actions. My research will utilize federal and state court cases, with specific emphasis on Supreme Court cases, briefs, scholarly articles, and historical evidence to assess whether such Presidential action is justified or not. The actions of Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George W. Bush will be used as a foundation for investigating any evolution of Presidential power during times of emergency. Through analyzing several recognized theories of Presidential power, I will determine the arguments and justifications that can be assigned to the actions of past Presidents, and suggest the theory that conforms most closely to the Constitution. Such research will be especially important due to increased national security threats cultivated at home and abroad. Therefore, the President’s ability to respond accordingly must be viewed as stable, unquestioned and institutionalized in this new era of potential threats.