I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University and a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute for Computing. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2014.
I study American political institutions, including Congress, electoral institutions, and local political institutions. I am particularly interested in how rules shape individual decision making and on the effects of political time on institutional outcomes. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. I am also a co-principal investigator of the Menino Survey of Mayors.
I am currently finishing a book, Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis with Katherine Levine Einstein and David M. Glick (under contract, Cambridge University Press) on the politics of housing development. My other current projects focus on the returns to office for former politicians, local politics, and methods for analyzing redistricting plans and gerrymandering.
I teach courses on American politics and institutions (Introduction to American Politics, Congress and Its Critics, and Prohibition), and methodology (Formal Political Theory and Political Analysis).
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