As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt 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.  This research is supported by a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation.  Other current projects investigate vote choice in nonpartisan elections and the connection between divided government and legislative performance in the states.

I will receive my Ph.D. from Columbia University in October 2017.  I received my M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.


Email:  patricia [dot] a [dot] kirkland [at] vanderbilt [dot] edu