I am a third year doctoral candidate in the Harvard Department of Government. My primary research interests are in the fields of American politics and political methodology.
In American politics I study elections, political institutions, the presidency, voting behavior, and electoral administration. Some of my current research focuses on the causes of long lines for people trying to vote on Election Day. I also study incumbency effects in Congress, particularly voter perceptions of incumbency.
I have also collaborated with the Pew Center for the States in developing an Elections Performance Index which rates each state on criteria related to effective electoral administration.
My interests in the field of methodology include Bayesian inference and text analysis. I am working to develop a technique with which a researcher may gain quick intuition about the results of a cluster analysis of text data.
I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and history and a Master of Arts degree in political science. In addition to political science and statistics I am interested in sports analytics, particularly in hockey.