I study voting and voting rights, race, the criminal justice system, and bureaucratic behavior. My work uses large datasets to measure individual-level experiences, and to shed light on people's everyday interactions with government.
My recent work investigates how potential voters react to experiences with punitive government policies, such as incarceration and immigration enforcement. In other projects, my co-authors and I have examined how local election officials treat constituents of different ethnicities, how media shapes public conversations, and how citizens react to rising economic inequality. My research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Science, and elsewhere.
I am an associate professor (untenured) of Political Science at MIT, where I hold the Silverman (1968) Family Career Development Professorship. Previously, I was a graduate student in the Government Department at Harvard, and a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy (at Harvard's Kennedy School) and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.