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Hello! I'm Shawn. I'm currently finishing 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 on the political prospects of primary candidates. This work stems from a larger collaborative project at UCLA, Parties on the Ground -- 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 cookies and muffins, or performing an overly enthusiastic karaoke rendition of Elton John's "Crocodile Rock."