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I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester. I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2002.
My research is on comparative politics with a focus on political party strategy and voting behavior in advanced industrial democracies. I am currently researching the role of gender in party strategy,* the impact of relative polarization on voter turnout,** whether and how niche parties are strategic, and the origins and effects of political institutions, including decentralization.
**“When Do Männerparteien Elect Women? Radical Right Populist Parties and Strategic Descriptive Representation” (with Ana Catalano Weeks, Miki Kittilson and Hilde Coffé). American Political Science Review, Published on FirstView (March 22, 2022).
**“Does Polarization Mobilize or De-Mobilize Voters? The Answer Depends on Where They Stand.” (with Maria Murias Muñoz) Electoral Studies, 70 (April 2021).
I am currently chair of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association.
My book, Party Competition between Unequals (Cambridge University Press, 2008), received the Riker Prize (2009); the Best Book Award by the European Politics and Society Section of the APSA (2009); and the Council for European Studies Best Book Award (2010).
My articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, and Comparative Politics.