About Me


I am an associate professor (Ph.D., Ohio State University; B.A., University of Michigan) and Director of Advanced Programs (Honors and BA/MA) in the Department of Political Science at Boston University. I am also a Faculty Affiliate at the Hariri Institute for Computational Science & Engineering and sit on the Steering Committees for the Institute and the Data Science Initiative. In 2010 I cofounded the Research in American and Comparative (RAC) Politics Workshop, and in 2016 cochaired the inaugural Day of BU Data Science (BUDS). From 2012 to 2015 I was a Junior Faculty Fellow at Hariri, and in 2018 a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.

I study American political behavior and quantitative methods with a focus on the context in which individuals and organizations receive and react to political information. My recent work explores campaign dynamics in the early stages of presidential primary elections, the coalition behavior of interest groups, and public opinion and the media environment of institutional outcomes. More generally, my research in American politics concerns electoral behavior, public opinion, political psychology and political communication. I have broad methodological interests as well, including survey research design, longitudinal data models, Bayesian analysis, social network analysis and causal inference. My work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, and Social Networks, among other outlets, and been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Hariri Institute and Dirksen Congressional Center. I am coauthor of Applied Social Science Methodology: An Introductory Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

I was brought up in Troy, Michigan and attended the High, though I lived in 4 states and 5 cities before the age of 10. I have worked in politics as a public affairs consultant and as a campaign advisor, including Barack Obama's US Senate race and Jennifer Granholm's first gubernatorial campaign. In and after college I spent a few glorious years in Florence and Trent, Italy. I enjoy jogging, reading science fiction and Italian realist literature, as well as watching spaghetti-Westerns, neorealist films, the Serie A (i Lupi) and the English Premier League (COYS). I also dabble in computer programming and graphic design. For design, I work primarily with HTML, CSS and jQuery, which is what I used to build this site (and some others). In terms of programming, I use primarily R, Stata, Perl and Java, and do a bit of relational database building and management in MySQL.


Lineage: Family trees, old photos and stories
World: Documents my travels
Photos & Filmini: Pics and videos of family and friends
Graphic Design: Websites and graphic designs I've created