I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science at The Ohio State University. During my time as a post-doc at OSU, I will be primarily working on the Education Governance and Accountability Project where we are creating a 20-state panel of school district election and local tax referenda data.
Both my research and teaching interests are in American political institutions broadly, with an emphasis on state and local politics, public policy, and interest group politics. I am particularly interested in the politics of public finance.
My dissertation focused on the political economy of public sector state pensions and the myriad number of ways pension plans vary over time and across states. My work is primarily concerned with how and why states choose to fund designated obligations to state workers and the consequences of these decisions for other parts of the budget and for voter-taxpayers. The dissertation also investigates how full disclosure of liabilities and assets impacts borrowing costs and when states will choose to be honest with voters and public sector unions about the outlook for their future fiscal health.
Other research of mine has focused on different types of debt instruments governments can use to create what I term 'fiscal malfeasance,' the political determinants and consequences of governmental debt reorganizations, and the political origins of balanced budget laws. Please see the Research section of my website for more information about my research interests and current works in progress.
I completed my doctoral studies in the Department of Politics and the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy at Princeton University. Prior to arriving at Princeton, I spent some time working as an assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. I received a B.A. with high honors in economics and political science from Swarthmore College in 2008.