I joined the faculty in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland in the Fall of 2007. I am currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in GVPT, and Research Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship. I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan in 2004, a M.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. From Fall 2004-Spring 2007 I was an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.
I specialize in American politics and political methodology. My latest book, Discount Voting: Voter Registration Reforms and Their Effects (Cambridge University Press, 2009), investigates the effects of registration laws on turnout, the composition of the electorate, and party behavior in the United States. I am a co-author of Voting Technology: The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot (Brookings Institution Press, 2008). I've also published articles on the effect of ballot style on electoral outcomes, election day registration, voting systems, the over-reporting of voting in surveys, vote-by-mail, absentee and early voting, voter identification laws, limited dependent variable models, the use of ecological inference estimators to understand split-ticket voting, mobilization, and youth voting. My current research investigates how public agencies can encourage compliance with federal civil rights laws, how mobilization influences the use of new voting methods, vote over-reporting, and how international reputation influences the evaluation of political leaders, and question wording effects.
I am also the faculty advisor for the UMD Mens Club Hockey Teams. We have two great teams. The D2 team went to the 2013 National Tournament and the D3 team made it to the 2013 Blue Ridge Hockey Conference Atlantic Division championship game.
I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and believe that the Buffalo Bills will someday win the Super Bowl. After growing up watching curling (think shuffle board on ice, not weight lifting) on CBC, I joined the Detroit Curling Club during graduate school. When I can, I now curl at the Potomac Curling Club.
Areas of Interest
- Voting, elections, public opinion, election reform, political methodology, survey research methods