I am an assistant professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis. I previously held a faculty position at Boston University and 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 focus on electoral accountability of presidents and members of Congress. I'm especially interested in how voters consider local factors like federal spending, the local economy, and natural disasters in their support for politicians. My current book project, The Particularistic President, examines how local accountability combined with the institutions of presidential elections, causes presidents to disproportionately reward important constituencies with federal dollars.
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.