I study American politics through the lens of health. In my dissertation project, I articulate the nature of the conflict in modern American health politics, trace the origins of this conflict in previous party systems and establish, empirically, the policy consequences of the political control of the health economy. I received my B.S. from Cornell University in Development Sociology and Film, my M.A. from the University of Chicago in Social Science, and I am scheduled to complete my Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton in 2016. 

Quotes I Like:

"Fellow-citizens, the ark of your covenant is the Declaration of Independence. Your Mount Ebal, is the confederacy of separate state sovereignties, and your Mount Gerizim is the Constitution of the United States." -John Q. Adams (April 30, 1839)

Books I Like:

"Modern Democracies" James Bryce (1921)

"The People, Yes" Carl Sandburg (1936)

"Democracy Through Public Opinion" Harold Lasswell (1941)

"The Modern Democratic State" A.D. Lindsay (1943)

"The Health of Regionville" Earl Koos (1954)

"The Cholera Years" Charles Rosenberg (1961)

"The Pattern of Human Concerns" Hadley Cantril (1966)

"The Cloak of Competence" Robert Edgerton (1967)

"Reflections on the Causes of Human Misery" Barrington Moore Jr. (1972)

"The Quality of American Life" Angus Campbell & Philip Converse (1976)

"The Moral Economy of the Peasant" James Scott (1979)

"The Velvet Glove" Mary Jackman (1994)

"The Voice of the People" James Fishkin (1997)

"Party Ideologies in America: 1828-1996" John Gerring (1998)

"The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies" Robert Lane (2000)

"Why?" Charles Tilly (2006)

"The Health of Populations"  Stephen Kunitz (2007)

"Unequal Democracy" Larry Bartels (2008)

Movies I Like:

Best Romantic Comedy: "Sullivan's Travels" Preston Sturges

Best Lubitsch: "Cluny Brown"

Best Polish School: "Ręce do góry" Jerzy Skolimowski

Best Miyazaki: "Kiki's Delivery Service" 

Best Carpenter: "Assault on Precinct 13"

Best use of Joseph Gordon-Levitt: "Brick"