I'm a PhD Candidate in Political Science at MIT, where my research interests include comparative political economy, political behavior and political parties, with a focus on European and British politics. I'm originally from the UK, and will be returning home soon as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Quantitative Political Science at University College London, starting September 2017.
I'm currently working on a book that looks at the political origins and impact of politicians' rhetoric on welfare in the UK, using an original database of every speech about welfare issues in the House of Commons since 1987. This slightly excitable interview with MIT News introduces some of the project, as well as my plans to save the world.
Other research projects examine ideological change in Western Europe across time, countries and issue dimensions, legislators' ideologies and behavior in the House of Commons, the origins and evolution of preferences for social policy, and methods for measuring legislators' policy positions from speech data.
Methodologically, I have expertise in a wide range of quantitative approaches, particularly computational text analysis, as well as substantial experience teaching quantitative methods and research design at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.