Hello! I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. I'm currently on leave for the 2021-2022 academic year, which I'll spend as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. My research focuses on the politics, sociology, and economics of discrimination. In the past, I've studied this normatively important topic mainly in American politics. I increasingly examine it in Japanese politics, an important but insufficiently examined context. Methodologically, I use experiments and automatic text analysis to better understand why people treat others differently because of their ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, or religion.
Countries where I've conducted research.
My work has been published or is forthcoming at over 25 journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science [2x], the Journal of Politics [2x], Nature Human Behvaior, and Political Analysis.
My research has been covered by outlets such as National Public Radio's All Things Considered, The Atlantic, The Economist, and the Washington Post. A big believer in the value of public scholarship, I often write about American or Japanese politics for outlets such as Foreign Policy, the Japan Times, the South China Morning Post, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. I also regularly write on issues related to Japan for The Hill.
Cities I've visited in Japan scaled and colored by size.
I'm grateful to acknowledge research support from the Swedish Research Council and the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, in addition to other sources, and in the form of visiting positions at Keio University, Kobe University, Kochi University of Technology, the University of Michigan, Uppsala University, the University of Tokyo, and Waseda University.
Prior to attending graduate school, I worked as a congressional staffer, a policy researcher, a photojournalist, and an English teacher in Belarus, among many, many other things. My experiences in these jobs inform several of my research projects. More generally, and certainly more importantly, they taught me a great deal about people and power.
When I'm not working, I enjoy learning Japanese, taking photographs, playing basketball, and traveling (you know, pre-COVID-19). Thanks for stopping by my site!