I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University, a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute for Computing, and a Faculty Fellow at the Initiative on Cities.

I study American political institutions, including Congress, electoral institutions, and local political institutions. I am particularly interested in how institutional arrangements and rules impact representation and policy outcomes.

I received my Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2014. I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2008 with an A.B. in Government and Mathematics.

Recent Publications

This book reveals how local politics contributes to the current housing crisis—by empowering unrepresentative groups of privileged homeowners to restrict the supply of new housing through participatory housing permitting …

When is congressional experience most valuable for lobbyists? We find that former staffers earn revenues above their peers during times of uncertainty, and former members of Congress generate higher revenue than lobbyists overall.

Former government officials have many different opportunities to cash in on their public service. We show that former officials are more likely to join boards of public companies than they are to work as registered lobbyists. …

Current Projects

In this paper we propose a new method for drawing districting maps, the Define-Combine procedure, that substantially reduces partisan gerrymandering without requiring a neutral third party or bipartisan agreement. We use simulations and map-drawing algorithms to show …

How does recent immigrant lineage influence the legislative behavior of members of Congress on immigration policy? Legislators more proximate to the immigrant experience tend to support more permissive immigration …

Owning a home profoundly shapes Americans’ economic and political lives and preferences. We find that renters are starkly underrepresented by a margin of over thirty percentage points. This underrepresentation persists across a variety of institutional and demographic …