About Me

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a student affiliate of both the MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL) and the MIT Political Experiments and Research Lab (PERL). I study American politics, with interests in electoral reform and election administration, public opinion, and political geography.

My work examines the intersection of electoral institutions and political behavior in American politics. My dissertation project seeks to explain the gap between expectations of electoral reform (both elite and popular) and the actual consequences of electoral reform. In doing so, study both behavior at the elite and popular levels as well as the impact of institional design in the electoral arena. 

My dissertation leverages the strengths of several methodological approaches and data sources to examine these questions rigorously and holistically. I employ causal inference designs on observational data (IV, difference-in-differences, RDD, matching), advanced geographic methods in ArcGIS and R (point-distance analysis, route analysis, geographic simulations), and field and survey experiments. 

Before MIT, I received a B.A. in political science from The University of Maine. Outside of the academy, my personal interests include hiking, canoeing, classic movies, and marathon running.