Prior to entering academia, I spent several years working as a journalist. My writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Harvard Crimson. From 2005-2011, I was a full time researcher and assistant to then-New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Rich.
I was born in Los Angeles but grew up mainly in Tucson, Ariz. I graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in social studies and received a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.