I am a political scientist and an Associate Professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. My research interests include statistical methods, law, political economy, and race and ethnic politics. My research has been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, and has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, National Public Radio, and other outlets. My latest book, Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics, is now available from Princeton University Press. I am currently finishing a book manuscript on politicization in the nation's courts (joint with Adam Bonica, draft available on request).
I received my PhD from the Harvard Department of Government and my AM degree from the Harvard Department of Statistics. I also hold a JD from Stanford Law School. At Harvard, I am an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.