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I am an incoming Data Science Faculty Fellow in the Center for Data Science and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at New York University. I will join the tenure-track in 2024 as an Assistant Professor. My research primarily focuses on how small-scale multi-racial democracies (cities) in the United States function in a complex environment. The questions I seek to answer speak to democratic representation, elite behavior, and race & ethnic politics. In addition to my substantive areas, I have methodological interests in computational methods, experimental design, and causal inference using observational data.

My dissertation addresses fundamental questions about how citizens shape policy in American local democracy: do local governments translate public opinion to public policy despite a system of overlapping governing institutions; can individuals foster greater responsiveness and transparency among local elites; and how elites respond to diversity in their community.

My writing and research can be found in the Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Political Behavior, and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. In addition, a portion of my dissertation work received the Best Graduate Student Poster Award (Applications) from the Society of Political Methodology Summer Conference in 2021.

In 2022, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Before enrolling at Washington University in St. Louis, I graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Political Science from Arkansas State University. My master’s thesis explored the relationship between economic freedom and participatory democracy.


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Methodological Interests