I am an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis and a research fellow at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. I have held research fellowships at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and at the Center for the Study of American Politics within the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.
I study elections, public opinion, and the presidency. My research examines the interchange between institutions and behavior with a focus on political accountability in the United States. My work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, among other outlets. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard where I was an associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
My book, The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality with Douglas Kriner (Cambridge University Press) is the winner of the 2016 Richard E. Neustadt Award. Through an examination of a diverse range of policies from disaster declarations, to military base closings, to the allocation of federal spending, we show that presidents, like members of Congress, are particularistic. Presidents routinely pursue policies that allocate resources in a way that disproportionately benefits their more narrow partisan and electoral constituencies. [Amazon | CUP]