I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. In addition, I am a doctoral fellow with the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy as well as an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. My research examines how contextual environments—institutional, informational, electoral, political—shape the behavior of both voters and elite actors. In particular, I study the U.S. Congress, media and politics, political parties, and electoral politics.

I graduated from Grinnell College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. Prior to entering graduate school, I worked as a research assistant/analyst at the Brookings Institution in the Economic Studies Program and at the Treasury Department in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

My CV is available here.

Research

Publications

Reevaluating Competition and Turnout in U.S. House Elections” (with Benjamin Schneer).
Forthcoming, Quarterly Journal of Political Science.


Working Papers

"Local News, Information, and the Nationalization of U.S. Elections."

Leadership Power in Congress, 1890-2014: Evidence from PAC Contributions and Newspaper Coverage” (with Pamela Ban and James M. Snyder, Jr.).
Revise & Resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

"Parsing Party Polarization in Congress" (with Jon C. Rogowski and James M. Snyder, Jr.).

How the Interplay between Individual and District Partisanship Affects Turnout” (with Bernard L. Fraga and Benjamin Schneer).

Corporate Political Activity as a Bundle of Goods” (with Maxwell Palmer and Benjamin Schneer).

Teaching

Courses

Head Teaching Fellow, Government 50: Introduction to Quantitative Political Methodology
Instructor: Matthew Blackwell, Fall 2017, Evaluations.

Teaching Fellow, Government 1328: Electoral Politics,
Instructor: James M. Snyder, Jr., Fall 2016, Evaluations.

Teaching Fellow, Government 50: Introduction to Quantitative Political Methodology,
Instructor: Muhammet Bas, Spring 2016, Evaluations.

Teaching Fellow, Government 1300: The Politics of Congress,
Instructor: James M. Snyder, Jr., Fall 2015, Evaluations.


Awards

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center, Fall 2017.

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center, Fall 2016.