I am a PhD student in government at Harvard University and a graduate student affiliate at Harvard's Center for European Studies (CES). At CES, I am co-chair of the Populism, Nationalism and Radical Politics Study Group. My research focuses on the role that political parties have in shaping, aggregating, and refining political preferences from the electorate into party platforms. Specifically, I am interested in the definition of issue spaces within political systems and how parties strategically emphasize (or deemphasize) certain issue areas to maximize electoral or policy returns, with a regional focus on parties in Western Europe. In addition, I often write on party politics and political-economic determinants of vote choice in France.