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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.  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.