About

I’m an associate professor of political science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where my teaching and research focuses on voting rights, electoral system design, and representation.  I am currently serving as a Kendall Voting Rights Fellow for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C.

I have previously served as graduate coordinator of the Master’s in Public Policy program and Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy’s Digital Democracy Initiative. My published research can be found in journals such as Election Law Journal, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies and Politics and the Life Sciences.  I have served as a consultant on candidate and policy campaigns and as a civic technology and social media consultant for governments, associations, and businesses.

Education
Ph.D., Political Science, University of California at Irvine, 2008
M.A., Political Science, University of California at Irvine, 2004
B.A., Political Science, California State University Chico, 1995

Professional Employment
2014-        Associate Professor of Political Science, California Polytechnic State University
2008-2014 Asst. Professor of Political Science, California Polytechnic State University
2007-2008 Lecturer in Political Science, California Polytechnic State University
2006-2007 Teaching Fellow, University of Southern California
2005-2007 Lecturer, University of California, Irvine
1996-2000 Project Manager, Senior Survey Supervisor, Field Research Corporation

Recent Political/Advocacy Campaign Consultation
Aaron Gomez for San Luis Obispo City Council 2016
Dawn Ortiz-Legg for State Assembly 2016
Eric Michielssen for SLO County Supervisor 2016
City of Pismo Beach Digital Engagement Strategy 2015
Atascadero Transportation Sales Tax 2014
Len Colamarino for Atascadero City Council 2014
Brian Sturtevant for Atascadero City Council 2010

Awards and Fellowships
2016 Research Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant for California Redistricting Project
2015 Common Cause Redistricting Research Competition, 3rd Place
2013 Wilma Rule Award, Californians for Electoral Reform
2009-10 State Faculty Support Grants
2003 U.C. Regents Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
2003 Summer research award, School of Social Sciences
2001 Summer research fellowship for ICPSR, University of Michigan
2000-01 William Podlich Fellow, Center for the Study of Democracy, U.C. Irvine
1995 Charles McCall Award, California State University Social Science Research Council

Other Public Service and Presentations
“When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Turn Pro” 2016 Cal Poly Alumni Summer Camp, Lair of the Bear
“Will the Revolution be Digitized?” 2015 Cal Poly Alumni Summer Camp, Lair of the Bear
“Money and Politics: What Could Go Wrong?” 2015 Citizens Congress Symposium http://citizenscongress.us/citizens-congress-opening-night/
“Individual Freedom and the Common Good: What is the Appropriate Balance?” The Forum at Cal Poly, Fall 2012 Symposium. http://theforumatpoly.com/political
“PR Proposal for California: Interview with Michael Latner” by Krist Novoselic for The Center for Voting and Democracy, http://www.fairvote.org/pr-proposal-for-california#.UI2AfbRcBkA

Early Professional Survey Research
The following is a sample of research projects that I participated in while employed at Field Research Corporation.
Field Institute Election Polls, 1996-2000
http://field.com/fieldpollonline/subscribers

Institute for Health Policy Studies and California Wellness Foundation, The California Work and Health Survey http://medicine.ucsf.edu/programs/cwhs/

California HealthCare Foundation, Medicare Surveys http://www.chcf.org/publications/2000/05/changes-in-medicare-the-senior-perspective

City of Berkeley, Community and Policy Surveys
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/news/1999/99dec/122099ComSu.html

California Community Foundation, Giving and Volunteering
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/31/business/personal-business-diary-a-wealth-of-charity-that-eludes-most-counts.html

Community Foundation of Silicon Valley, Giving and Volunteering Survey
http://www.cfsv.org/documents/2002%20SV%20Giving%20and%20Volunteering%20-%20Final%20Weighted%20Data.pdf