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

I write about the politics, culture, and technology of the contemporary United States. My dissertation explores campaign contributions as a form of political participation.

Open source software makes it easier for me to do my work as a researcher and writer. Producing open-source code also helps other researchers develop new knowledge. That's why I have inherited some of the software projects I've used in my work and release others under open-source licenses. More about that is on my "software" page.

My other research looks at connections between different kinds of elites. My People's House Project focuses on legislative participation in Congress. A second project looks at how political elites, journalists, and political outsiders interact on social media.

I teach courses in quantitative social science in the College of the University of Chicago.

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 graduate school I worked as 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.