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Hello! My name is Michael Olson, and I'm a Ph.D. Candidate in the Harvard University Department of Government. My research explores the relationship between electoral and legislative institutions and legislative representation in the United States using observational data from across history and levels of government. My dissertation sheds light on the role that competitive party systems play in legislative representation by examining the most prominent example of one-party governance in American history: the "Solid South." To do so, I collect and use an extensive original dataset on state legislative roll call voting from this period in American history.

When I'm not working, I enjoy fishing the Charles River, exploring the Boston-Cambridge area on foot and bike, and watching Chicago Cubs baseball.

You can access my CV here.