Welcome to my portfolio. I am Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Drexel University. My research is on political parties and the politics of election reform in the United States. That work has appeared in American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, Representation, and SAGE Research Methods Cases.
My book project traces the rise and fall of proportional representation (PR) systems from the Populist Era into the Civil Rights period. Unlike in Western Europe, PR in the U.S. never advanced beyond local government. That is because its proponents rejected party organization. But the old PR movement is worth study in its own right, both for what it says about party-movement interaction, and because it is back in the guise of ranked-choice voting.
Georgetown University granted my Ph.D. in July 2017. I was a Research Fellow at the Democracy Fund for the 2017-8 academic year, then an Adjunct Professor in James Madison University's DC Semester program. Before graduate school, I worked at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the Campaign Finance Institute, FairVote, two restaurants, and a congressional district office.