I'm a political scientist who studies party coalitions and electoral reform at the local, state, and national levels. You can find my work in American Politics Research, Electoral Studies (forthcoming), the National Municipal Review, The Washington Post, and other outlets. I teach courses in American, urban, and comparative politics. I earned a Ph.D. at Georgetown in 2017.
My dissertation explained the rise and fall 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. These efforts aimed to (1) represent diversity within the majority party and (2) increase representation of the minority party. Each PR system lasted until the lead minority party lost control of its coalition.
This year, I am a Research Fellow at the Democracy Fund. I support the Elections Program and its grantees with quantitative research on the voting experience. In an earlier life, I worked in international development and US political reform nonprofits.