Welcome to my portfolio. I am Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Drexel University. My research is on political parties and the politics of election reform in the United States. That work has appeared in American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, Representation, and SAGE Research Methods Cases. I also teach courses on American politics, state/local politics, political institutions, research methods, and social movements.
My book project proposes a theory of electoral reform and applies it to American experience with proportional representation (PR), 1893-1962. Reform is an effort to reshape the ruling coalition, even if its proponents reject the idea of joining one. The "fine print" of a reform bargain will reflect the interests of those who strike it. And reforms only last as long as the coalitions they produce. These dynamics can be found in many other countries, but Americans tried to have PR without having more parties first. The result was strange and confined to cities: proportional voting without parties.
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 at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the Campaign Finance Institute, FairVote, two restaurants, and a congressional district office.