I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. My research concerns elite political behavior. In my dissertation, I investigate how political polarization has affected how policymakers select and evaluate expert evidence in the policymaking process. Leveraging both survey data of local and state officials and content analysis of congressional committee hearings, I demonstrate that policymakers exhibit an enduring commitment to expert evidence, even while manifesting more subtle forms of partisan bias. In contrast to the tenor of most journalistic and scholarly accounts, these findings suggest reasons for optimism concerning the role of evidence in contemporary policymaking.
In addition to my dissertation research, I am the founder and managing director of CivicPulse (civicpulse.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable, multi-collaborator surveys of local government officials. I also have ongoing research interests in subnational candidate emergence, the gender gap in government, and the politics of climate change. Prior to Stanford, I served in the US government as a policy analyst in the White House National Economic Council, the Department of Energy’s Climate Policy Office, and the California Public Utility Commission. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT.
I am delighted to note that, in August, I will be joining the faculty of the Department of Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology.