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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University.  I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University in May 2013, and recently completed a year as a National Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

My research analyzes democratic representation in the United States from several angles.  My book project, Picking Sides: Group-Party Linkages in Postwar America, analyzes changes in the relationship between political parties and special interest groups since the New Deal.  This project has been nominated for the American Political Science Association’s 2014 E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government.

I also have two other projects examining the relationship between public opinion and different political outcomes.  The first, co-authored with Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips, analyzes opinion and representation on gay rights issues.  The second, co-authored with Kelly Rader, investigates why the states most opposed to federal spending tend to receive disproportionately large amounts of federal money.