April 19, 2016



I am an associate professor and the 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.

My substantive interests focuses on 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. in 2008 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), examines how local accountability combined with the institutions of presidential elections, causes presidents to disproportionately reward important constituencies with federal dollars. [Amazon | CUP]

Here, you can find information on my research, my cv, courses I teach, and my contact information. In addition, you can find replication materials for my published research at my dataverse.