Welcome to my portfolio. I am an Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Drexel University. My research centers on democratic discontent and the politics of electoral reform in the United States. At Drexel, I teach American politics, comparative democratic institutions, social movements, research methods, and introduction to political science. I also taught political parties in James Madison University's D.C. program and urban politics at Georgetown University. You can find my scholarly work in American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, Representation, and SAGE Research Methods Cases
My book project, Proportional Voting Without Third Parties, examines the rise and fall of proportional representation (PR) in 24 American cities, 1893-1962. I want to know what these episodes tell us about current efforts to reform elections. At the time, PR had foundation backing, normative appeal, and a grassroots movement behind it. Yet adoption was limited to local government, only ever by referendum, and easily repealed when reform coalitions lost control of their legislators. Why? Unlike in Europe, where PR endures, the U.S. reform path did not involve third parties. But parties did change while PR was in place, as new groups entered politics.
I also consult from time to time on democracy issues in the United States and elsewhere. This has included assessing remedies to improve diversity in big-city government, building the sampling frame for a large-N survey of local election officials, analyzing the prospects for voting reform in British Columbia, and measuring Ukrainians' attitudes toward their country's electoral process.
Georgetown University granted my Ph.D. in July 2017. I was a Research Fellow in the Democracy Fund Elections Program for the 2017-8 academic year. Before graduate school, I worked for IFES, the Campaign Finance Institute, FairVote, and in a congressional district office.