About Me

I will be a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University beginning in the fall of 2016. My current website is: https://www.princeton.edu/~scottmg/I completed my Ph.D. at the University of California - San Diego in June of 2016. My research interests lie at the intersection of institutional structures and political behavior in American politics. In my dissertation I examine how institutional rules governing ballot secrecy restructure the social calculus of political behavior. I examine this phenomenon in the contexts of Vermont town meetings, Congressional caucus votes, and historical Australian ballot adoption. I have additional work examining presidential veto rhetoric, changes in congressional agenda setting, and environmental messaging. If you have questions about my research please do not hesitate to email me: scottmg [at] princeton [dot] edu.

I'm native to Montana where I was raised on a healthy dose of camping, skiing, fishing, hiking, and most other outdoor activities. I've been to all 50 states by virtue of repeated cross-country relocations for college, work, and graduate school. Before returning to academia I spent several years as a legislative aide in Washington, DC working for the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In my free time I enjoy backpacking, fly fishing, and testing my youth in pick-up basketball.