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.
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.
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
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. My most recent book, coauthored with David
Samuels is Inequality
and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach,
published in 2014 with Cambridge University Press and winner
of the 2015 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book on
government, politics or international affairs and the 2015
William Riker prize for the best book in political economy.
I have also
worked as an 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