Welcome to my academic portfolio. I am Assistant Teaching Professor of Politics at Drexel University. I teach courses on political parties (U.S.), research methodology, and American political institutions in comparative perspective.
My forthcoming book proposes a 'shifting coalitions' theory of electoral-system change, then analyzes a wave of ranked-ballot reforms in American cities during the Progressive Era and New Deal. It argues that efforts to 'reform away' two-party politics are fraught.
Other projects look at change in the U.S. party system, current developments in electoral reform, and how those reforms might affect representation.
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 in Waterbury (CT).
Recent research publications
- On the structure of political discontent in the American public (Public Opinion Quarterly, with Joshua J. Dyck).
- 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).
- More here...