My research lies at the intersection of political economy and political behaviour. I am interested in the ways that structural economic changes – like the rise of the “knowledge economy” – have reshaped the political landscape across a wide range of rich democracies.
PhD in Government, (in progress)
MA in Political Science, 2016
MMathPhil in Mathematics & Philosophy, 2013
Oxford University, Balliol College
I have taught a range of substantive and methods courses for undergrads, public policy master’s students, and PhD students. I particularly enjoy helping people overcome their fear of statistics using interactive tools!
I was awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching by the Bok Center in 2021, and the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022.
Gov 1360 American Public Opinion (undergraduate course), taught by Prof. Stephen Ansolabehere Syllabus
28 April 2021 • Covid-19 and Democracy Podcast
I spoke with Dr. Peter Finn about why I created “My Little Crony”, and what it says about the state of British political institutions. This episode is part of a series that explores the intersection between the Covid-19 pandemic and democratic politics and policy.
21 November 2020 • The Guardian
Under the cover of an emergency, the government awarded £18bn in coronavirus-related contracts during the first six months of the pandemic, most with no competitive tendering processes.
19 November 2020 • Political Insight
While many highly-skilled white collar workers have been relatively insulated from the economic impact of the pandemic, the sudden transition to remote working has challenged fundamental assumptions about the knowledge economy.
13 November 2020 • Byline Times
“My hope is that tools like mine can help citizens to make sense of complex and fast-unfolding stories and – above all – that greater transparency will fuel action, not apathy.”
12 December 2019 • UK in a Changing Europe
“To borrow Schattschneider’s famous phrase: moving beyond the Brexit gridlock is unthinkable save in terms of parties. But with political trust falling and alienation growing, the question remains: will the parties rise to this challenge before it is too late?”
Side-projects I do for
Visualizing links between Tory politicians and firms that won contracts during the pandemic
Visualizing COVID contracts won by firms associated with Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, an Evangelical Christian sect
A simulation app to help students understand and interpret confidence intervals.