About Me


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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Duke University in May 2009 and served as a RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 2009-2011.

My academic research focuses on political scandal and misperceptions about politics and health care. I also study social networks and applied statistical methods. (See my Dartmouth website for more information.)

From 2001-2004, Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer, and I edited Spinsanity, a non-partisan watchdog of political spin that was syndicated in Salon and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2004, we published All the President's Spin, a New York Times bestseller that Amazon.com named one of the ten best political books of the year.

Previously, I was a marketing and fundraising consultant for Benetech, a Silicon Valley technology nonprofit, and Deputy Communications Director of the Bernstein for US Senate campaign in Nevada. I grew up in Mountain View, CA and attended Swarthmore College.