I am a PhD candidate in Government and Social Policy and a Graduate Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard University. I am also a graduate student affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. My research interests include social policy, taxes, inequality, and the politics of business and labor organization in advanced democracies.
I received my B.A. with honors in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2008. After graduation I worked at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC for two years with a focus on health reform and Social Security. I am originally from West Lafayette, Indiana. In my free time, I enjoy cooking recipes from here, running, and sailing here.
My current projects include an examination of the historical development of unemployment insurance in Canada and the United States, a survey experiment to gauge public perceptions and use of unemployment insurance in the United States, and an examination of how the Democratic Party has approached the politics of tax policy over the past half century.
I am a graduate student member of Scholars Strategy Network, a new organization that connects academic research with policymakers, civic associations, and the media. I am also a founding member of the Boston Chapter of Roosevelt Pipeline, a network of progressive young professionals dedicated to public service and leadership development, and a participant in the Cambridge-area Tobin Project Forum on Democracy and Markets.
You can download a copy of my C.V. here.