I am an assistant professor of political science at UCLA studying American politics and political methodology. My research studies elections in the US with a particular focus on the role of elections in local policymaking. I collect new data on local elections which I combine with large, untapped administrative datasets on government behavior. I then use modern empirical techniques for causal inference to study how elections influence the policies local governments choose. Prior to joining UCLA, I received a PhD in political science from Stanford. I received a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley in 2014.
Universal Vote-by-Mail Has No Impact on Partisan Turnout or Vote Share (previous title: The Neutral Partisan Effects of Vote-by-Mail: Evidence from County-Level Roll-Outs). Joint with Jen Wu, Jesse Yoder, and Andy Hall. 2020. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(25): 14052-14056.
How Partisan Is Local Law Enforcement? Evidence from Sheriff Cooperation with Immigration Authorities. 2020. American Political Science Review 114(1): 206-221. (Working paper version with online appendix)
Who Punishes Extremist Nominees? Candidate Ideology and Turning out the Base in U.S. Elections. Joint with Andy Hall. 2018. American Political Science Review 112(3): 509-524.
Do Elections Increase Police Responsiveness? Evidence from Elected Police Commissioners. Joint with Toby Nowacki. Revise and Resubmit, American Political Science Review.
Does Exposure to Migration Cause an Electoral Backlash? Evidence from the Mariel Boatlift. Revise and Resubmit, Political Science Research and Methods.
How Did Expanding Absentee Voting Affect the 2020 US Election? Joint with Jesse Yoder, Sandy Handan-Nader, Andy Myers, Toby Nowacki, Jen Wu, Chenoa Yorgason, and Andy Hall.
Who Becomes a Member of Congress? Evidence From De-Anonymized Census Data. Joint with Andy Hall, James Feigenbaum, and Jesse Yoder
Are Dead People Voting By Mail? Evidence From Washington State Administrative Records. Joint with Jen Wu, Chenoa Yorgason, Hanna Folsz, Sandy Handan-Nader, Andy Myers, Toby Nowacki, Jesse Yoder, and Andy Hall.