I am an associate professor of political science (and Director of Undergraduate Studies) at Boston University and Associate Director at the Initiative on Cities. I joined BU in 2012 after receiving my Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University. My research and teaching interests broadly include local politics and policy, racial and ethnic politics, and American public policy.  I have taught courses on urban politics and policy, inequality in American politics, race and politics, and HBO’s The Wire–a course described by boston.com as the “coolest class to take at BU.” My first book Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in Democratic Politics (with Jennifer Hochschild, University of Oklahoma Press 2015) investigates the harmful effects of misinformation on democratic politics.

My most recent book (with David Glick and Maxwell Palmer) Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis (Cambridge University Press 2019) explores the politics of housing development.  My work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, British Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Behavior, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review. I am currently the co-principal investigator of the Menino Survey of Mayors, a 10-year survey of U.S. mayors exploring a wide variety of political and policy issues.  My research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

I serve on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science and Urban Affairs Review, and am a faculty affiliate of Boston University’s Hariri Institute for Computing and Computation Science & Engineering, and Department of African American Studies.

You can download a copy of my CV here.