Colin is a Harvard College Fellow in Government. His current research agenda covers representation, electoral rules, migration and immigrant incorporation, primarily focused on Europe. He is particularly interested in electoral and institutional rules that have large, independent, and often unintended effects on descriptive representation. His current work has identified conditions under which the same rules may offer advantages to immigrant minorities while compounding women's under-representation (or vice-versa), looking at variations in German, Dutch and French local election laws.
In 2017-18, Colin will be teaching "Political Parties in Developed Democracies" (College: Gov 94pt, Fall; Extension: Govt E-1114, Spring) and "The Politics of Citizenship and Naturalization" (College: Gov 94cb, Spring) He is also actively involved in the development of GovWrites, a departmental tool to teach writing skills and concepts of academic integrity to undergraduate government concentrators. He serves as a Resident Tutor in Dudley House and a secondary concentration advisor in European History, Politics and Societies, as well as coordinating a short-term visiting fellows program at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.
Colin received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2015 and his B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester in 2007 . While doing field work during the 2011-2012 academic year, he worked as a short-term visiting researcher at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, as well as the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.