I am Assistant Professor of Public Policy in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  I received my Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. My dissertation, entitled The Satisfied Citizen: Participation, Influence, and Public Perceptions of Democratic Performance, won the American Political Science Association’s 2011 Ernst B. Haas Best Dissertation Award in European Politics as well as the 2011 Best Dissertation Award in Urban Politics.

My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of comparative and urban politics.  I am interested in how the design and reform of democratic political institutions affects how citizens think and act politically.  A particular concern of my work is studying how public opinion and political behavior are shaped by cross-level interactions between individual-level characteristics on the one hand and features of the socio-economic and institutional environment on the other.