Institutional Design and State Politics
My primary research of interests is the role of institutional design in state politics. In my dissertation, I use a factor analysis to identify commonalities among state government institutions such as the ballot initiative, gubernatorial power, legislative professionalism, and two dozen other institutions. I use these dimensions to understand the collective effect of state institutions on a variety of political phenomena, including policy responsiveness, policy volatility, and attitudes toward state governments.
Policy Diffusion and Innovation
Much of my research examines the predictors of policy innovation as well as the role of networks in policy diffusion. I am part of the State Policy Innovation and Diffusion Database (SPID) team that has created an unprecedentedly large data set of thousands of adoptions of hundreds of policies in all fifty states. I have also done work to understand the role of latent diffusion networks, state similarity networks, and broadband internet subscriptions in the spread of policies throughout the states.
- Multi-level modeling
- Event History Analysis
- Measurement Models
- Network Analysis
- Bayesian Statistics