Welcome to my portfolio. This year, I am Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University, where I teach American politics, social movements, and a scope-and-methods course. I also teach a parties course at James Madison University. I earned my Ph.D. at Georgetown in July 2017.
Most of my research is on the causes and effects of preferential (or "ranked-choice") voting rules in the United States. This includes a book project on the rise and fall of proportional representaton in 24 American cities, 1893-1962, plus article-length work on how those reforms affected spending priorities. Another set of projects uses a "big data" approach to study the issue complex that defines our party system.
My recent publications analyze the adoption of ranked-choice voting in Maine (Representation), reform coalitions in 24 U.S. cases of proportional representation (American Politics Research), and how parties manage pressure to diversify under multi-winner ranked-choice systems (Electoral Studies). A forthcoming article in SAGE Methods Cases covers theory development and data collection in historical research on hard but enticing topics.
I also consult from time to time on democracy issues at home and abroad. This has included projecting the effects of district-based and proportional remedies on 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.