I am a political scientist with interests lie at the intersection of political development, political economy, and various types of political participation---including violence. I have an additional methodological research agenda related to spatial econometric applications to political science. I currently serve as the Research Director in the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, where I manage applied research on the scientific study of elections. I am also an affiliate with the Harvard Institute of Quantitative Social Science. Previously, I worked as a contractor in Arlington, VA where I worked on projects for government and non-profit clients. Before that I was a post-doctoral researcher and graduate student in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M. I grew up on Crowley's Ridge in the Arkanas Delta.

I have published in journals such as Electoral Studies, Political Science Research and Methods, and Social Science Quarterly along with book chapters in university and software presses. I have also published a few blog posts at the Monkey Cage and Democratic Audit.

I have conducted qualitative and survey fieldwork in several Africa, The Middle Eastern, across the U.S., and I have presented at professional conferences around the world. I have taught courses on African Politics, American Government, Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy, Middle Eastern Politics, Policy Analysis, Research Methods, and several workshops on advanced econometrics, qualitative methods, LaTeX, R, Stata, and other types of software.

I received my Ph.D. (political science) from Texas A&M University and M.A./B.A. (political science) degrees from Arkansas State University.