Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D. (Political Science, 2008) University of Michigan

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Stanford University

Department of Political Science

616 Serra St.
Encina Hall West
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Phone: (650) 724-9906
Fax: (650) 723-1808

Current Research
Who Speaks for the Poor?
Electoral Geography and the Political Representation of Low-Income and Working Class Citizens

Who speaks for the poor? In the U.S., this is a hard question to answer: Recent research demonstrates, for example, that low-income Americans preferences and interests of are often ignored by elected officials. Further, the absence of a social democratic or workers party sets the United States apart from all other developed democracies.

This book will offer a very different account of the origins of political inequality in the US: American electoral geography - specifically, the geographic distribution of low-income citizens across congressional districts - undermines legislators' incentives to be responsive to the poor, and significantly limits the electoral viability of low-income peoples parties. When the effects of electoral geography are understood, especially from the comparative perspective this manuscript will offer, the limited responsiveness of American legislators to lowincome voters, and indeed, the absence of partisan representation for low-income and working class voters, are no longer puzzling features of contemporary American politics. Instead, these are the clear consequences of the political economic incentive structures created by the current and historical geographic distribution of income within our country.