Welcome to my academic portfolio. I am Assistant Teaching Professor of Politics at Drexel University. I teach courses on political parties, political institutions, research methods, and American politics.
I study change in the party system, how this reshapes institutions, and how those institutions affect representation. My forthcoming book proposes a 'shifting coalitions' theory of electoral reform, then analyzes a wave of ranked-ballot reforms in American cities during the Progressive Era and New Deal. Methodologically, I am a historical institutionalist who learns from and seeks collaboration with behavioralists.
Georgetown University granted my Ph.D. in July 2017. I was a Research Fellow at the Democracy Fund for the 2017-8 academic year. Before graduate school, I worked at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the Campaign Finance Institute, FairVote, Café Bonaparte, and a congressional district office.
Recent research publications
- Five variants of ranked-choice voting, their strategic implications, and effects on minority representation (Politics and Governance).
- A generational divide on ranked-choice voting, rooted in democratic discontent (Politics & Policy, with Devin McCarthy).
- Whether there was realignment from 2012-16 (Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties).
- More here...