I research legislative behavior with an interest in representation, distributive politics, and political parties. In examining these topics, I have studied U.S. elected officials at the national, state, and local levels using surveys, observational data, and experimental methods. Some of this work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and other leading political science journals.
I am also the co-principal investigator of the 2012, 2014, and 2016 American Municipal Official Survey -- the largest surveys of U.S. local officials conducted by political scientists (N > 4,000) and the first to employ survey experiments to this novel population. These surveys, which I plan to continue conducting every 2 years, have provided data for several publications and working papers.
I received my Ph.D. from Yale University. Prior to graduate school, I worked in state politics for 4 years and attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate.
Research InterestsAmerican politics, representation, legislative politics, distributive politics, political parties, state and local politics, experimental methods, causal inference
Teaching InterestsAmerican politics, representation, legislative politics, distributive politics, political parties, state and local politics, experimental methods, causal inference
- Ph.D., Political Science , American Politics, Yale University (2015)
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science , Brigham Young University (2005)