I am a quantitative political scientist. I research public opinion, coordinate survey projects, teach politics and data science, and provide political and statistical consulting.
My academic research focuses on the issue preferences and behaviour of political actors in the United States and Australia, including voters, interest groups and elites, and the role of parties as interest aggregators. Recently much of my academic research has been on citizens’ attitudes towards the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent policy responses. At the University of Sydney, I have has taught data science, public opinion, research methods and the use of data in politics in the US Studies Centre, the Department of Government, and the Faculty of Engineering.
I direct the survey research program at the United States Studies Centre, which has produced several reports and papers on public opinion in the US and Australia since 2017. I also coordinated the 2019 Cooperative Australian Election Survey. With a sample of more than 7,000 respondents, this is the largest academic election survey run in Australia to date.
Over the past six years, I have provided consulting services for national political campaigns, trade unions, corporates and not-for-profit clients. This has involved the analysis of survey data, from simple analysis to more complex modelling approaches; working with administrative data, including electoral, demographic, tax and welfare data; and the development and coordination of surveys.
I am also public officer and executive committee member of the Australian Society for Quantitative Political Science, and I teach Data Analysis in R, Spatial Analysis in R, and The Art of Survey Writing through the Australian Consortium for Social & Political Research.
I have a PhD in political science from Monash University, and have previously worked at the University of Melbourne and Monash.