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. My forthcoming book, The Fiscalization of Social Policy: How Taxpayers Trumped Children in the Fight Against Child Poverty (Oxford University Press), looks at 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 fiscal federalism and regional inequities in the United States and Canada, focusing on intergovernmental grants for healthcare and social assistance programs, as well as comparative politics of mortgage interest deductions in the United States and United Kingdom.
I’m a firm believer in communicating the implications of my research to stakeholders and the public. I’ve written for think tanks such as the Niskanen Center and Institute for Family Studies as well as magazines such as National Review, American Affairs, and CommonWealth.
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