I am a PhD Candidate in Government at Harvard University studying political behavior in American politics. In particular, I am interested in how political geography and group identity structure political behavior. My dissertation investigates the behavioral consequences of geographic partisan polarization, with specific focus on how this polarization is self-reinforcing: how living in increasingly homogeneous partisan environments influences voters’ political affiliations. To this end, I develop data on the partisan residential exposure of every voter in the United States over the past decade, leveraging precise information on each voter's residential location, partisan affiliation, and political behavior. With these data I present new evidence on the extent and causes of partisan sorting in the United States and test new theories of how where Democrats and Republicans live in relation to one another influences political behavior.
Childhood Cross-ethnic Exposure Predicts Political Behavior Seven Decades Later: Evidence from Linked Administrative Data. 2021. (with Ryan Enos, James Feigenbaum, and Shom Mazumder). Science Advances. (Supporting Information; Replication Data; Cite). [Covered by the Los Angeles Times, CNN, the Daily Mail, and the Harvard Gazette].
The Measurement of Partisan Sorting for 180 Million Voters. 2021. (with Ryan Enos). Nature Human Behaviour. (Supporting Information; Replication Data; Cite). [Covered by the New York Times' The Upshot, Fast Company, The Harvard Gazette, The Harvard Crimson , The Academic Times, and the Raw Story We've Got Issues podcast].
Locked Out of College: When Admissions Bureaucrats Do and Do Not Discriminate. 2021. (with Hanno Hilbig). British Journal of Political Science. (Supporting Information; Replication Data; Cite).
Resisting Broken Windows: The Effect of Neighborhood Disorder on Political Behavior. 2020. (with Michael Zoorob). Political Behavior. (Ungated; Supporting Information; Replication Data; Cite).
Weakening Strong Black Political Empowerment: Implications from Atlanta’s 2009 Mayoral Election. 2014. (with Michael Leo Owens). Journal of Urban Affairs, 36:4, 663-681. (Cite).
The Obama Effect? Race, First-time Voting, and Future Participation. (Supporting Information). Revise and Resubmit, Political Behavior.