I am an assistant professor in the department of Government at Cornell University. I study the politics of poverty, race and public policy in the United States. I am author of Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism and Unequal Politics (Cambridge University Press). My academic work has been published in Political Behavior, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Poverty and Public Policy and the Forum. My research has been supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Ford Foundation. My public writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the American Prospect. My commentary has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio and Vox. As an engaged scholar, I am co-leader of the Finger Lakes chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, an organization focused on bringing academic research to policymakers, civil associations, and the media. I also sit on the advisory board of the Cornell Prison Education Program and teach in local correctional facilities. Prior to working at Cornell, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at the University of Michigan. I received a PhD from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
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