About Me

I’m a postdoctoral fellow and associate director of The Freedom Project at Wellesley College.

I received my PhD in sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, my MA in regional economic & social development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and my BA in political science from Emmanuel College in Boston.

My research interests include economic sociology and political sociology with a focus on the politics of taxation and social policy. I’m especially motivated by puzzles of American exceptionalism and their practical implications for public policy. I’m finishing up a research project on the growing use of tax credits as social policy and its effect on child poverty in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

I’m also in the early stages of new projects on the comparative politics of housing-related tax benefits (home mortgage interest deduction, tax exemption for capital gains on sale of principle residence, and exclusion of net imputed rental income) in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada as well as the comparative politics of fiscal federalism and regional inequities in the United States and Canada.

I live in Beverly, MA with my wonderful spouse, Mary, and our beautiful baby, Cecily. You can follow me on Twitter here.