I study democratic representation and accountability, and factors that impede it. My research focuses on two areas. The first is the role of money in politics. I distinguish between different ways in which money enters politics, explain what drives these differences, and explore what consequences this has for the quality of democracy. In my second research area, I use large-scale event data to quantify public relationships among political and societal elites and analyze their causes and consequences.
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University. Before that, I was a Junior Research Fellow at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain. I received my PhD from Duke University.