Hi.

I am a doctoral candidate in sociology at The University of Chicago.

I write about politics, culture, and technology, with a focus on the contemporary United States. My dissertation explores campaign contributions as a form of political participation. I have two other areas of active research. In the first, I study how legislative participation in policy debate varies depending on the kinds of districts they represent. In the second, I look at how political elites, journalists, and political outsiders interact on social media. I also teach introductory courses in quantitative social science in the College of the University of Chicago. While a graduate student, I have held fellowships at The Sunlight Foundation, where I was a Google Journalism Fellow, and Pew Research Center, where I was a fellow on the Data Labs team.

Prior to beginning graduate school I was a reporter and editor covering local and national politics. My journalism has appeared on Vice.com, Yahoo News, and elsewhere. From 2009-2013, I was a reporter and editor for Personal Democracy Media's techPresident (now Civicist), where I covered technology in civic life and the 2012 elections. Before that, I worked at local newspapers in New York and New Jersey.