About Me


I am an Associate Professor (Ph.D., Ohio State University; B.A., University of Michigan) in the Department of Political Science at Boston University, where I am also the Director of Advanced Programs (the Honors and BA/MA programs). For the 2012-15 academic years I was a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute for Computational Science & Engineering. In 2010 I cofounded the Research in American and Comparative (RAC) Politics Workshop, and in 2016 cochaired the first Day of BU Data Science (BUDS). I am currently a Faculty Affiliate at Hariri and sit on the Steering Committee for the Data Science Initiative.

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, political psychology, political communication and public opinion. I have broad methodological interests as well, including survey research design, longitudinal data models, Bayesian analysis, social network analysis and causal inference. I am a co-principal investigator on three major projects: the Visible Primary (with Corwin Smidt), Public Opinion and Unilateral Presidential Action (with Doug Kriner), and the Evolution and Influence of Interest Group Networks (with Janet Box-Steffensmeier). My work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Hariri Institute and the Dirksen Congressional Center.

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. After college I spent a couple of glorious years in Florence and Trent, Italy. I still play some sports (with other old people), especially soccer and downhill skiing, and enjoy jogging, reading science fiction and Italian realist literature, and watching spaghetti-Westerns, neorealist films and the English Premier League. 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
Travels: Documents my limited world travels
Photos and Filmini: Pics and videos of family and friends
Graphic Design: Shows off websites and graphic designs I've created

* These pages were password protected for privacy. However, because of BU's antiquated people.bu.edu web server I can no longer password protect folders on my website. Therefore I have removed this material until I come up with an alternative solution.