My full CV is available here.
I was born in Palo Alto, California but grew up in Kent in the United
Kingdom. I studied History at Manchester University, where I was awarded
the Thomas Brown Memorial Prize. I then took a Masters in History also
at Manchester. In 2000, I left the UK to head back to California, where
I enrolled at UC Berkeley in political science, earning a Masters degree.
I then moved to
Harvard University, where I completed my PhD general exams and wrote
my dissertation: From the Ballot to the Blackboard,
a study of the impact of politics on education spending, which won the
Senator Charles A. Sumner Dissertation Prize. The dissertation was the basis for my 2010 book of the same title, available at Cambridge University Press,
and winner of the 2011 William Riker prize for best book awarded by the
Political Economy section of the American Political Science Association.
2006 to 2013 I taught Political
Science at the University of Minnesota. In July 2013 I joined the
University of Oxford as Professor in Comparative Democratic
Institutions at Nuffield College.
I have written
a variety of papers in the area of political economy, available on my
papers page. My academic interests currently focus on
the politics of education policy, the relationship between inequality and democracy, and on the
effects of asset price inflation on political preferences. Since my work captures insights from
both comparative and international political economy, I hold a strong
research interest across a variety of sub-fields in political science.
I have also worked
academic consultant to HM Treasury in the UK and for the Leitch Review
of Skills, which advised the UK government on long-term education
policy. Since that time I have written several policy pieces for
European audiences. These works are available on my policy page.