I’m a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology specializing in how policymaking in the United States responds to public opinion and interest-group activity.

In my dissertation, I examine how organized groups mediate policy responsiveness. I study how the activity of groups like business and professional associations affects the connection between the public and its representatives.

My other work addresses related questions of access and representation: how citizen redistricting in California influenced legislators; the effects of personal interactions with ID requirements on voter perceptions of the election system; and the dynamics of partisan polarization in the American public.

My technical interests are in unstructured data and natural language processing; survey methods; and research design for causal inference.