Welcome to my portfolio. I am an Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Drexel University. My research covers political parties and election reform, bridging the fields of American, urban, and comparative politics. 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 largely because it did not come with multi-party politics. But the old PR movement is worth study in its own right, partly for what it teaches us about elite-grassroots interaction, and partly 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 for IFES, the Campaign Finance Institute, FairVote, two restaurants, and a congressional district office.