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Congress, political parties, polarization, public opinion, institutions
My research focuses on political parties, Congress, polarization and representation.
My dissertation uses original archival research, secondary accounts, and under-utilized public opinion data to understand the role of the mass public and racial realignment in shaping today’s party system in the United States. I argue contemporary polarization is rooted in long-standing issue connections between racial attitudes and other policy views among ordinary voters.
Prior to attending UC Berkeley, I taught middle-school math with Teach for America. I earned my bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Case Western Reserve University in 2011.
One-Party States and Legislator Extremism in the U.S. House, 1876-2012. 2019. The Journal of Politics.
Income Inequality and Congressional Republican Position Taking, 1913-2013. 2019. The Journal of Politics.
Before Reagan: The Development of the Partisan Divide on Abortion. Forthcoming. Perspectives on Politics.
Dissertation Committee Chair:
Robert Van Houweling