I study democratic representation and accountability, and factors that impede it. I focus on two main areas. The first is the role of money in politics. I ask why money enters politics in the different ways it does, how they are connected to each other, and what consequences they have. 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.
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.