I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at St. John's University in Queens, New York. I teach classes on American politics, quantitative analysis, and public administration.
My research 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 and questions of inequality and redistribution.
My book project focuses on the ways in which state politics are unique relative to both national and local politics. Whereas national politics is primarily organized around ideological differences and local politics is primarily organized around issues of administrative and fiscal capacity, state politics finds itself somewhere in the middle: constrained by the inability to print money, raise taxes, or borrow to the same extent as the national government but increasingly beholden to the whims of ideological policy demanders, states have found themselves in a particularly unique and difficult position. I analyze this dynamic through the lens of public sector state pensions, exploring the myriad number of ways in which they vary over time and across states. How and why do states choose to fund designated obligations to state workers? What are the consequences of these decisions for other parts of the budget and for voter-taxpayers? When do states choose to be honest with voters and public sector unions about the outlook for their future fiscal health, and when do they choose to dissemble?
Other research of mine focuses 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 and spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at The Ohio State 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.