As of July 2023, I am the inaugural Director of Research for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. For the past twenty years, I have led collaborative interdisciplinary research projects that span law, the social sciences and public policy, and I have a particular interest in research on democratic institutions and how to enhance representation and effective governance. I am the author of over thirty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from corruption in Japan to fiscal policymaking in Europe, from the use of social media to organize protests in Thailand to the global diffusion of migrant voting rights.
I earned my BA with Highest Honors in Politics and a double major in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, and my PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego where I was an Earl Warren Fellow and winner of the Peggy Quon Prize for outstanding research. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, I served as Director of the Empirical Research Group at UCLA School of Law, Co-Director of the UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy, a Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, and as a Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Program on Institutions, Organizations and Growth.