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). Long term, I’m interested in a career in academics and consulting. 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.

I study American politics with particular interests in crime and health. My dissertation research focuses on the politics of policing, especially elected Sheriffs and the influence of police unions. 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. Or add me on chess.com (username: zoobydoo)

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