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 accepted for publication in the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science.I am also the co-principal investigator of the 2012 and 2014 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.
- Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, 2015
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brigham Young University, 2005
American politics, representation, legislative politics, distributive politics, political parties, state and local politics, experimental methods, causal inference