I am a political scientist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. My research interests include law, political economy, race and ethnic politics, and statistical methods. 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 book, Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics, is available from Princeton University Press. My newest book manuscript, on how American courts become politicized (joint with Adam Bonica, draft available on request), is currently under contract with Cambridge University Press.
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.