I am an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining UCR, I was a postdoctoral associate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University. I received my Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012.

My research interests touch on many themes in American politics and quantitative methodology, including voting and political behavior, turnout, state politics, direct democracy, and election reform.  My current work focuses on the relationship between political behavior and state-level institutions, the causes and consequences of political behavior for those underrepresented in the electorate, the role of citizen self-interest in shaping political attitudes, and the advancement of statistical techniques to better investigate these broad research areas.

Morality at the Ballot

Please click here for more details about my book, Morality at the Ballot: Direct Democracy and Political Engagement in the United States, released by Cambridge University Press in December.


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