As an Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, I study American politics with a focus on subnational politics and public policy.  My ongoing research leverages original data with a combination of experimental and observational methods to explore representation, public finance, and fiscal health in American cities.  Other projects investigate vote choice in nonpartisan elections and the connection between divided government and legislative performance in the states.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.


Email:  p [dot] kirkland [at] princeton [dot] edu