My research concentrates on fields at the nexus of individuals and the government, with emphases on taxation, public finance, and regulation. Most of my work is listed below and on my Google Scholar profile.


Tax Politics and Policy. 2017. Routledge. Available for purchase on, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and from the publisher.


Peer Reviewed Studies:

"Fade to Black? Exploring Policy Enactment and Termination Through the Rise and Fall of State Tax Incentives for the Motion Picture Industry." 2017. American Politics Research 45(1): 85-108. With Brian An. [Link]

"Lights, Camera, but No Action? Tax and Economic Development Lessons from State Motion Picture Incentive Programs." 2016. Forthcoming in American Review of Public Administration. [Link]

“The Drivers of Public Sector Pension Reform across the U.S. States.” 2015. Forthcoming in American Review of Public Administration. [Link]

“Local Government Sick-Leave Practices: An Exploratory Study.” 2015. Forthcoming in Review of Public Personnel Administration. With Thom Reilly. [Link]

“Compensation Benchmarking Practices in U.S. Local Governments: Results of a National Survey.” 2015. Public Personnel Management 44(3): 340-355. With Thom Reilly. [Link]

“Underfunding Annual Pension Contributions: Examining the Factors Behind an Ongoing Fiscal Phenomenon.” 2015. State and Local Government Review 47(1): 35-44. With Anthony Randazzo. [Link]

“Party Measurements and the Effect of Legislatures on State Policy Outcomes.” 2015. Research & Politics (January – March): 1-8. [Link]

“Politics, Fiscal Necessity or Both? Factors Driving the Enactment of Defined Contribution Accounts for Public Employees.” 2013. Public Administration Review 73(3): 480-489. [Link]

“All of the Above: How Fiscal, Political, and Workforce Traits Affect Pension Funding.” 2013. State and Local Government Review 45(3): 163-171. [Link]


Education Studies:

“I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Been Asked This Before: Bringing ‘Why Government’ and ‘Which Government’ to the Classroom.” 2017. Journal of Public Affairs Education 23(1): 563-570. [Link]


Other Articles:

"Why Don't State Governments Terminate Failing Programs? They Spent Too Much." 9/8/2016. London School of Economics' American Politics and Policy Blog. [Link]

"State Pension Plans Are Unsustainable." 11/18/2015. Mackinac Center for Public Policy Blog. [Link]

"Film Tax Credits Don't Grow the Economy." 6/8/2015. Mackinac Center for Public Policy Op/Ed. [Link]

“Did Anything Change? State Pension Legislation Before, During and After the Great Recession." 2014. PA Times. [Link]