Welcome to my academic portfolio. I am Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Drexel University, where I teach a range of courses in American politics, research methods, and political institutions. My research focuses on party systems and electoral systems, mostly in American politics, and often in historical perspective.
My forthcoming book, More Parties or No Parties (Oxford), advances a realignment theory of electoral reform, then examines the origins and performance of municipal 'ranked-choice' systems during the Progressive Era and New Deal. It argues for changing how we think about Duverger's Law. It also raises questions about reform's trajectory today.
I have two grant-funded projects on how electoral systems affect the quantity and quality of racial representation. One of these (with Jamil Scott) uses survey experiments. The other (with Michael Latner and Matthew Shugart) uses cross-national data on subnational legislatures.
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...