Welcome to my digital portfolio. I am known for empirical research on ranked-choice voting, though I also study the state of the parties and public trust in election outcomes. My writing can be found in American Politics Research, Electoral Studies (forthcoming), the National Municipal Review, The Washington Post, and other outlets. I have taught courses in American, urban, and comparative politics, as well as American economic history. In July 2017, I earned a Ph.D. in Government at Georgetown University.
My dissertation covered the rise, fall, and effects of proportional representation in America, known today as multi-winner ranked-choice voting. There were 24 cases in the 20th century, in cities as varied as Boulder and New York. I am turning this project into a book, tentatively called The American Politics of Proportional Voting. Its core points are three: PR’s adoption was an end-run around primaries; while in place, PR diversified candidate recruitment; and parties that otherwise benefitted from PR sought its repeal when losing on policy.
This year, I am a Research Fellow at the Democracy Fund. I support the Elections Program and its grantees with survey research on the voting experience.