I'm an Associate Professor in the
Department of Political Science
at the University of Michigan-Ann
and a Faculty Associate at the
Center for Political Studies
I spent 2006-2008 at UC-Berkeley
, where I was a
Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research
. In another life, I worked for five years in Prague
at a European-American nonprofit organization involved in policy assistance and research, where I focused on ethnic politics in East Central Europe and the Balkans. I grew up in Austin, Texas, where I spent a lot of time watching my friend Landis Armstrong practice the guitar (he got really good
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I teach and study U.S. politics in historical (and occasionally cross-national) perspective.
I'm interested in the contemporary politics of American economic inequality, racial politics, and American political development.
At the undergraduate level, I teach the department's introductory course to U.S. politics, as well as courses on the politics of economic inequality, America's political economy, U.S. policymaking, race and American political development, urban politics, southern political development, and slavery. I have also helped run the department's honors thesis program.
For graduate students, I teach the department's pro-seminar in U.S. politics, American political development, U.S. political economy, organized interests, and race and American political development. I have also taught seminars on U.S. parties, urban politics, and regimes and regime change, as well as causal inference in small-n
(with Anna Grzymala-Busse
). Since 2008, I have served as a core faculty
member of the University of Michigan
of the RWJ Scholars in Health Policy Research Program.
My first book is
Paths Out of Dixie: The Democratization of Authoritarian Enclaves in America's Deep South, 1944-1972
(Princeton University Press). The book's bibliography is available in PDF format here
The study on which it is based received the APSA's 2006 Elmer Eric Schattschneider Award for best dissertation in the field of American government and politics.
I am now working on three book-length research projects:
*Shareholders in Crisis: Public Sector Unions Amidst the American Political Economy
*Labor-Repressive Agriculture and the Perils of Nation-Building in Iraq, the U.S. South, and Beyond
(with David Waldner
*Elite Communications and Racial Group Conflict in the 21st Century (supported by National Science Foundation Award No. 0920838), with collaborators Vince Hutchings
, Ashley Jardina
, and the late Hanes Walton
, whom we miss terribly.
Other research interests include:
*Anglo-American Regulation of Mortgage-Backed Securities (with Tony Chen
*U.S. Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective (with Rick Valelly
Here's my CV
This consists chiefly of chasing Rachel and Sam
around the house with my partner-in-crime, Jenny Traig
. The children's many charms
have not yet been monetized, but could be
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