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


Welcome to my personal website!  I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. In this position, I am conducting research with Deniz Aksoy and Margit Tavits on how policies such as counterinsurgency operations and headscarf bans in Turkey influenced voting behavior. 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 published an article in American Politics Research together with Bob Stein and Greg Vonnahme that examines whether voting by mail increases ballot completion.  Bob and I also have a published 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 recently published article in Political Science Research and Methods with Justin Esarey on how to deal with clustered data.