Michael W. Sances

77 Massachusetts Avenue, E53-408
Cambridge, MA 02139



I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at MIT, where I study American Politics and Quantitative Methods.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Election Law Journal, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and has been featured in news media outlets such as the Boston Globe. It has also received recognition from the National Science Foundation in the form of a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.

My dissertation consists of three studies examining the effects of direct elections on efficiency and inequality, using transitions between elections and appointments in local offices as natural experiments. I have also studied political socialization, trust in government, and survey methodology.

On these pages you can find more information about my research, teaching interests, and publicly available data. You can also download a copy of my CV here. I can be reached via e-mail at mwsances@mit.edu, or by using the contact information on the left side of this page.