I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and affiliate of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University where I study Congressional politics, political polarization, campaign finance, and political ideology.

My dissertation, Buying Representation: The Incentives, Ideology, and Influence of Campaign Contributors in American Politics , is a book project exploring how the rise of ideological donors is partly responsible for political polarization of American legislatures over the last 25 years.  

My other research addresses questions of political polarization in general, using "Big Data" in political science, and developing new measures of political ideology.

In August of 2014 I will be joining the Department of Political Science as an assistant professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.