James Conran


James Dunham is a PhD candidate in political science at MIT. His research focuses on how policymaking in the United States responds to public opinion and the activity of organized groups. James studied at New York University and the University of Wisconsin before coming to MIT, and worked in New York building advocacy and fundraising campaigns for non-profits.

His dissertation examines how the policy demands of organized groups mediate the connection between the public and its elected representatives. James’s other work addresses related questions of access and representation. His papers assess how citizen redistricting in California influenced legislators; the effects of voters’ interaction with ID requirements on their evaluations of the election system; and the dynamics of partisan polarization in the American public.


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