Researching how the way we run elections can make it easier for everyone to vote.


Welcome to my personal website!  I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. I recently finished my Ph.D. at Rice University, where my research specialized in the study of election administration and voter behavior.  In my dissertation, I created a new system for measuring the costs of voting and their impacts on voter behavior. Using data from an original survey I authored and fielded for the 2016 Presidential election, I identified the impacts of these voting costs on the likelihood that voters ballot.  In my research, I employ a variety of research methods, including observational voter data, original surveys, and field experiments.  In addition to several working papers, I have a forthcoming article in American Politics Research together with Dr. Robert Stein and Dr. Greg Vonnahme that examines whether voting by mail increases ballot completion.  Dr. Stein and I also have a forthcoming article in Public Administration Review that employs a field experiment to see which types of messages election administrators can use to affect voters’ methods and timing of balloting.  Additionally, I study methodological issues in the Political Science discipline and have authored original Stata software for my forthcoming article in Political Science Research and Methods with Dr. Justin Esarey on how to deal with clustered data.