I'm a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.  In my dissertation, I study the role of local political contexts in the integration of immigrants.  Specifically, I am interested in the role the political views of local politicians and parties play in immigrants' political and economic integration.  I argue that contexts in which politicians have anti-immigrant views can prevent immigrants from accessing public benefits and from participating politically, thereby limiting integration. I am also interested in the effects of diversity among immigrants.  Natives' attitudes towards immigrants will be vastly different when immigrants come from a variety of countries as opposed to a single one; I argue that by minimizing cultural and economic threats, high diversity among immigrants provokes less resistance to immigration among natives.  
Beyond my dissertation, my research is more broadly concerned with party competition, representation, and how institutions enhance or limit accountability.  I'm also interested in political methodology, specifically developing research designs that allow for the identification of causal effects and the use of formal theory in comparative politics. Questions of how the public and parties interact, and how context and institutions condition these interactions motivate my research more generally.  On this page you'll find links to my C.V. and information on my publications and working papers. 


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