About

My name is Michael Zoorob; I’m a PhD candidate in Government (academic political science) at Harvard, where I started in September 2016.  Before then, I graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (I grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee). I will be on the academic job market in Fall 2020. I’m also an election worker in the Town of Brookline (where I live) and involved with Brookline for Everyone, a group pushing for zoning reforms that increase housing production, affordability, and transit-oriented development (e.g. expanding multifamily zoning by right).

I study American politics with particular interests in crime and health. My dissertation research examines the politics of policing in the contexts of citizen crime reporting, elected Sheriffs, and the political response to neighborhood disorder. A separate line of research examines substance use and overdose. In both these domains, I explore how formal organizations and informal connections between people can shape behavior and public policy. I’m affiliated with Harvard’s Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

Feel free to e-mail me at mzoorob@g.harvard.edu.