I received a PhD in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. My doctoral dissertation—entitled In Defense of Voting—seeks to reinvigorate the spirit of LBJ’s legacy on voting rights, with two related objectives:
1) restoring confidence in the value of voting as a matter of individual efficacy, and as a rational and ethical choice (even when choosing between evils);
2) laying stronger foundations in participatory democratic theory for electoral reforms meant to increase and equalize voter turnout across the United States.
My wider research interests extend to comparative electoral institutions and constitutional design.
⋅ “An Exploratory Study of Constitutional Design in Three Island States: Seychelles, Comoros, and Mauritius.” Journal of Contemporary African Studies 35 (3): 324-348 (2017). (author’s manuscript)
⋅ “Africa’s Domestic Institutions of Integration and Accommodation: A New Database.” In Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War through Institutional Design, ed. Alan J. Kuperman, 183-224 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).
Selected Other Works
⋅ Blog post for the Franchise Project: “Asking Better Questions about Voter Identification Laws” (December 2017)
⋅ African Constitutional Design Database and Codebook (associated with 2015 book chapter)
⋅ A short film I directed about the 2010 midterm elections in Austin, TX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFXTwBt5eKY
epoupko <“at”> utexas <“dot”> edu