Bio

About Me

I am an Assistant 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 co-organizer of the Research in American and Comparative (RAC) Politics Workshop and the Director of Advanced Programs (the Honors and BA/MA programs). For the 2012-15 academic years I will be a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute for Computing & Computational Science & Engineering.

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 voting behavior, political psychology, political communication, public opinion and elite decision-making. I have broad methodological interests as well, including survey research design, longitudinal data models, Bayesian analysis, social network analysis and causal inference. I am currently a Co-Principal Investigator on three major projects: the Visible Primary (with Corwin Smidt), Public Opinion around Foreseeable Events (with David Glick), and the Evolution and Influence of Interest Group Networks (with Janet Box-Steffensmeier and supported by the National Science Foundation).

I was brought up in Troy, Michigan — though I lived in 4 states and 5 cities before the age of 9 — and attended The High. I still play some sports (with other old people), especially soccer and downhill skiing. 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 I am learning PHP and SQL. I am an avid reader of science fiction and a fan of spaghetti-Westerns, Italian realist literature and neorealist films.

Hobbies*

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.