I received a PhD in Public Policy in 2017 from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. My doctoral dissertation is entitled: “In Defense of Voting: Reinterpreting the Terms of the Voting Calculus with a View Toward Election Law and Policy.” The abstract and table of contents are available here, and the introductory chapter is here.
My dissertation explores the relationship between normative conceptions of democratic voting and electoral institutions in the United States. This work focuses on the links between the perceived value of voting at the individual level and the particular ways in which elections are structured and administered. I seek to draw attention to how differing ideas about the meaning and purpose of voting not only influence individual participation decisions, but also serve as foundations for election laws and policies that impact aggregate levels of voter turnout.
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
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