Welcome to my portfolio. I am an Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Drexel University. My research centers on parties, elections, and institutional change in the United States. That work has appeared in American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, Representation, and SAGE Research Methods Cases.
My book project analyzes the 20th-century American effort to switch to proportional representation. It did not work — at least in the long run — because it aimed to weaken parties rather than have more of them. This limited adoption to local government, led the reform movement to create replacement parties, and, once those coalitions fractured, left PR without enough defenders. These claims are based on new archival data from elections and legislatures in major U.S. cities, 1893-1962.
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 for IFES, the Campaign Finance Institute, FairVote, two restaurants, and a congressional district office.