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, 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 analyzed the politics of the single transferable vote in 24 American cities, 1893-1962, also known as proportional representation or multi-winner ranked-choice voting. Conventional wisdom treats this as a Progressive revolt against political parties. With several new sets of roll-call and electoral data, I find order where others saw chaos. Whether a group controls a majority of the majority explains (a) its position on electoral reform and (b) the inclusiveness of its nominating strategy.
This year, I am a Research Fellow at the Democracy Fund. I support the Elections Program and its grantees with survey research on voters' and election officials' perceptions of election administration.