A full CV can be found here. Datasets used in my papers can be found at the Harvard Dataverse.

Peer Reviewed


Laboratories Against Democracy: How National Parties Transformed State Politics. Princeton University Press, 2022. 

Politics and Political Economy

“Laboratories of Democratic Backsliding” 2023. American Political Science Review, 117(3): 967-984. (Coverage in The Economist, FiveThirtyEight, New York Times, New York Times Opinion, New York Magazine, NPR, Salon, Vox, Washington Post). 

“Race and Historical Political Economy” with David Bateman and Chloe Thurston. 2022. In The Oxford Handbook of Historical Political Economy. Jenkins, Jeffery A. and Jared Rubin, Eds. (publisher version)

“Getting Out the Vote in the Projects: Lessons from a Community Organizing Experiment” with Hahrie Han and Dorian Warren. 2022. Politics, Groups, and Identities, forthcoming.

“Unions Can Help White Workers Become More Racially Tolerant” with Paul Frymer and Thomas Ogorzalek. 2022. In The Cambridge Handbook of Labor and Democracy. Cornell, Angela and Mark Barenberg, Eds.

“Rock the Registration: Same Day Registration Increases Turnout of Young Voters” with Charlotte Hill. 2022. Journal of Politics 84(1): 405-417.

Financial Inclusion in Politics with Abhay Aneja and Abby Wood. 2022. NYU Law Review 97(2): 566-630.

“American Federalism, Political Inequality, and Democratic Erosion” with Jamila Michener. 2022. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 699(1): 143-155.

“The Political Economies of Red States” with Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson. 2021. In American Political Economy: Politics, Markets, and Power. Hacker, Jacob S., Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Paul Pierson, and Kathleen Thelen, Eds.

“Gender, Race, and Intersectionality in Campaign Finance” with Alexander Sahn and Sarah Staszak. 2021. Political Behavior 44: 319-340. (Winner of Best Paper in Race and Ethnic Politics at APSA 2019)

“All-Mail Voting in Colorado Increases Turnout and Reduces Turnout Inequality” with Adam Bonica, Charlotte Hill, and Hakeem Jefferson. 2021. Electoral Studies 72: 102363. 

Labor Unions and White Racial Politics” with Paul Frymer. 2021. American Journal of Political Science, 65(1): 225-240. (Coverage in NBC News, Science, Salon, The Guardian, Dissent, Jacobin, Vox, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Washington Post)

“Race and Representation in Campaign Finance” with Alexander Sahn. 2020. American Political Science Review 114(1): 206-221. (Coverage in Fortune Magazine)

“Interest Group Activists, Party Insiders, and the Polarization of State Legislatures” 2020. Legislative Studies Quarterly 45(1): 5-34.

“From Backwaters to Major Policymakers: Policy Polarization in the States, 1970-2014” 2018. Perspectives on Politics 16(2): 416-435. (Coverage in Salon, Vox)

“The Effect of Mandatory Mail Ballot Elections in California” with Gabrielle Elul and Sean Freeder. 2017. Election Law Journal 16(3): 397-415.

“Does the American Dream Matter for Members of Congress? Social Class Backgrounds and Roll-Call Votes” 2015. Political Research Quarterly 68(2): 306–323. (Coverage in New York Times, Washington Post Wonkblog, Science X)

“Polluting Industries as Climate Protagonists? Cap and Trade and the Problem of Preferences” 2015. Business & Politics 17(4): 633-659. (Coverage in The Intercept)

Public Health

Montez, JM, Mehri, N, Monnat, SM, Beckfield, J, Chapman, D, Grumbach, JM, Hayward, MD, Woolf, SH, and Zajacova, A. “U.S. state policy contexts and mortality of working-age adults.” 2022. PLOS ONE 17(10): e0275466.

Kemp, B.R., Grumbach, J.M. and Montez, J.K. “US State Policy Contexts and Physical Health among Midlife Adults” 2022. Socius, 8.

Riley, AR, Collin, D, Grumbach, JM, Torres, JM, and Hamad, R. “Association of US State Policy Orientation with Adverse Birth Outcomes: A Longitudinal Analysis” 2021. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Montez, JK, Beckfield, J, Cooney, JK, Grumbach, JM, Hayward, MD, Koytak, HZ, Woolf, SH and Zajacova, A. “US State Policies, Politics, and Life Expectancy 2020. The Milbank Quarterly 98(3): 668-699.

Hecht AA, Grumbach JM, Hampton KE, Hecht K, Braff-Guajardo E, Brindis CD, McCulloch CE, Patel AI. “Validation of a survey to examine drinking-water access, practices and policies in schools” 2017. Public Health Nutrition. 20(17):3068-74. 

Patel AI, Chandran K, Hampton KE, Hecht K, Grumbach JM, Kimura AT, et al. “Tapping into Water: Key Considerations for Achieving Excellence in School Drinking Water Access” 2014. American Journal of Public Health 104(7): 1314-1319.

Patel AI, Chandran K, Hampton KE, Hecht K, Grumbach JM, Kimura AT, et al. “Observations of Drinking Water Access in School Food Service Areas Before Implementation of Federal and State School Water Policy, California” 2011. Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:110315.

Other Publications

"Voice on the Job for Younger Workers" with John Ahlquist, 2023. Report for The Casey Foundation.

"Protecting Democracy from State Level Threats in the Age of National Parties." 2023. In the APSA Presidential Task Force on Report on Political Parties, More Than Red and Blue: Political Parties and American Democracy.

"The Supreme Court Just Rolled Democracy Back. You Can Measure How Much." 2022. Politico, June 30.

"Many States with Antiabortion Laws Have Pro-Choice Majorities" with Chris Warshaw, 2022. Washington Post MonkeyCage, June 25.

"The Deep Structure of Democratic Crisis" with Ruth Berins Collier, 2021. Boston Review, January 6.

"In Civil Rights and American Democracy, Congress's Role Looms Large" with Eric Schickler. 2021. The Hill, August 30. 

"Public Comment to Presidential Commission on Supreme Court Reform" with Thomas Keck. 2021.

"6 Ways Mail-in Ballots are Protected from Fraud" with Charlotte Hill. 2020. The Conversation, September 17.

"The NBA Strike is a Big Moment for Athlete Activism — and the Labor Movement in America" with Paul Frymer. 2020. Vox, September 4.

"We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again" with Charlotte Hill, Adam Bonica, and Hakeem Jefferson. 2020.  New York Times, May 4.

"Billionaires, Organizations, and Federalism: Developments in the Study of American Inequality." 2019. Journal of Politics, 81(4): 73-79.

"An Excitingly Simple to Youth Turnout for the Primaries and Beyond" with Charlotte Hill. New York Times, July 2019. 

"Same Day Registration Can Increase Voter Turnout" with Charlotte Hill. Data for Progress, October 2018.

"Why Today's Policy Action is Mostly at the State Level." SSN Key Findings, May 2018. Scholars Strategy Network.

"Politicians from Working-Class Families are More Likely to Support Policies to Expand Economic Opportunity." SSN Key Findings, April 2015. Scholars Strategy Network.

"San Francisco's Pioneering Health Program Shows That Local Governments Can Help All Working Families." SSN Basic Facts, November 2014. Scholars Strategy Network.

“A Local Public Option.” 2010. 10 Ideas for Health Care. Roosevelt Institute.

Pillay, Sonali and Grumbach, Jake. “Massachusetts CORI Reform: Reducing Sealing Times.” 2009. 25 Ideas for Equal Justice. Roosevelt Institute.

Grumbach, Jake. “Democracy After the Election.” 2008. El Participante.