My dissertation examined congressional oversight of the executive branch, and much of my early work focused on congressional-bureaucratic relationships. My current research interests reside at the intersection of electoral reform, elections administration, and voting behavior. I am currently working on a book examining the impact of Proposition 14, which created the top-two system of elections, on California politics and government. I have also worked with the local Registrar of Voters on projects related to vote by mail and the costs of administering elections.

Peer Reviewed

2016. “It’s Not Convenient: Early and Weekend Voting.” In Why Don’t Americans Vote? Causes and Consequences, B. King and K. Hale (eds.). Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. With Dari Sylvester.

2016. “The Effects of Majoring in Political Science on Political Efficacy.” The Journal of Political Science Education. DOI:10.1080/15512169.2016.1182439. With Casey B. K. Dominguez & J. Michael Williams. (pdf)

2014. “Proposition 14 and California’s Minor Parties: A Case Study of Electoral Reform and Party Response.” California Journal of Politics and Policy 6:437-70. DOI 10.1515/cjpp-2012-0043. The original publication is available here. A revised and expanded version of the article can be found here.

2013“Is It the Message or the Person? Lessons from a Field Experiment about Who Converts to Permanent Vote by Mail.” Election Law Journal. With Dari Sylvester. (pdf)

2012. “Why Just Two Parties? A Voting Game to Illustrate Duverger’s Law.” PS: Political Science & Politics. DOI 10.1017/S1049096512000765. (pdf)

2012. “California’s HAVA Odyssey” in More Votes that Count: A Case Study in Voter Mobilization, R. Beneditti (ed.). Berkeley: Berkeley Public Policy Press. (pdf)

2010. “Congressional Use of Authorization and Oversight.” Congress & the Presidency. DOI: 10.1080/07343460903390703. (pdf)

Other Recent Work/Publications

2012. “How Prop. 14 Weakens Democracy.” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 24.

Posts on Pacific’s Political Science Department blog.