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Doctoral Fellow, Duke University
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Daniel finished his Ph.D. in American politics at the University of Michigan in the summer of 2011. He is currently the post doctoral fellow in the Program in Institutions and Public Choice at Duke University.
His substantive research interests include the effects of bicameralism, partisan polarization, and distributive incentives on policy and procedural decisions in the United States Congress. In his dissertation, he focused on conference committees, a formal negotiation between the House and Senate. Currently, he is in the process of expanding his dissertation research into a book length project on distributive politics, bicameralism, and congressional organization.
In addition, he is involved in several projects that explore the effects of polarization and distributive politics on institutional design and policy choice. With Marek Hanusch, he analyzed the interaction between party popularity, polarization, and governments' decisions regarding public budgeting, spending, and finance. Molly Reynolds and Daniel wrote about senators' decisions to reveal or obscure their preferences for distributive policies. He developed a model of strategic voting with Pablo Montagnes that leverages Senate procedure to explain when senators will support partisan positions and when they will vote with their constituency.
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