I am doctoral candidate in the Harvard Department of Government. My primary research interests are in the fields of American politics and political methodology.
In American politics I study elections, representation, political institutions, voting behavior, and electoral administration. In the past few years I have collaborated with the Pew Center for the States on their Elections Performance Index which evaluates states on the effectiveness of their election administration.
My interests in the field of methodology include causal inference, text analysis, Bayesian inference, predictive inference, and machine learning. I am working to develop an algorithm which can help researchers gain quick intuition about the results of a cluster analysis of text data.
In addition to political science, I am interested in sports analytics. I am a freelance contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s sports section , FiveThirtyEight, and Deadspin. I also have my own hockey statistics blog. Much of my work has been focused on hockey, although I have also written about the NBA, the NFL, college football, and college basketball.
In the fall of 2013 I completed a Master of Arts degree in statistics from Harvard University. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master of Arts degree in political science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and history.