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 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 political careers. 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.

My book, Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis, with Katherine Levine Einstein and David M. Glick, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. We examine the politics of housing development and show how neighborhood participation in the housing permitting process exacerbates existing political inequalities, limits the housing supply, and contributes to the current affordable housing crisis. 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, Data Science for Politics, and Political Analysis).

I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2008 with an A.B. in Government and Mathematics. From 2008 to 2010 I worked as an economic consultant specializing in the energy sector.

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