About

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I am Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, Director, Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and an Editor of the British Journal of Political Science. I joined the Department of Government in 2011, having previously held faculty positions at SUNY Stony Brook and Trinity College Dublin. Between 2014 and 2016, I served as Head of the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

Starting Sept. 1, I will be Head of the School of Law and Politics, Professor of Law, and Professor of Politics at Cardiff University. I will also continue to serve as an Editor of the British Journal of Political Science.

My main research and teaching areas are political economy, political institutions, formal theory and political methodology, with particular interests in social learning and diffusion, political accountability, strategic communication and cooperation. My research has been published in, among others, the American Journal of Political SciencePolitical Analysis, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies.

My ongoing research includes projects on electoral competitiveness, the political economy of organizational growth, globalization preferences, and temporal dynamics of political accountability (including a book-length treatment on the U.S. Congress).

In my free time, I am an avid fan of American sports. My teams are the New York Knicks, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Auburn Tigers football team, and the Mizzou basketball team.