Hello! I'm Shawn. I'm currently working on my Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA. My work focuses on political parties and the organized interests that they represent. My dissertation focuses on the role of organized donor networks in the growing divisions between the political parties. This work falls within a larger group project at UCLA, the Parties on the Ground Project -- a multi-method approach to understanding nominations and the composition of political parties in the United States. I have conducted elite interviews, exit surveys, and quantitative studies of campaign contributions to help answer these questions.
When I'm not plugging away at some R code, you can usually find me binge watching David Attenborough nature documentaries on Netflix, baking a variety of cheesecakes and muffins, or performing an overly enthusiastic karaoke rendition of Elton John's "Crocodile Rock."