Capital Destruction and Economic Growth: The Effects of Sherman’s March, 1850-1920. Joint with James Lee and Filippo Mezzanotti. Accepted, AEJ: Applied Economics.

Automated Linking of Historical Data. 2021. Joint with Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan, Katherine Eriksson, and Santiago Perez. Journal of Economic Literature, Forthcoming.

Childhood cross-ethnic exposure predicts political behavior seven decades later: Evidence from linked administrative data. 2021. Joint with Jacob Brown, Ryan Enos, and Soumyajit Mazumder. Science Advances 7(24).

The Return to Education in the Mid-20th Century: Evidence from Twins. 2020. Joint with Huiren Tan. Journal of Economic History 80(4):1101-1142.

Regional and Racial Inequality in Infectious Disease Mortality in U.S. Cities, 1900–1948. 2019. Joint with Christopher Muller and Elizabeth Wrigley-Field. Demography 56(4):1371-1388.

Multiple Measures of Historical Intergenerational Mobility: Iowa 1915 to 1940. 2018. Economic Journal 128(612):F446-F481.

Tenancy, Marriage, and the Boll Weevil Infestation, 1892-1930. 2017. Joint with Deirdre Bloome and Christopher Muller. Demography 54(3):1029-1049.

Racial inequality in the annual risk of Tuberculosis infection in the United States, 1910-1933. 2017. Joint with Jon Zelner and Christopher Muller. Epidemiology and Infection 145(9):1797-1840.

The Majority-Party Disadvantage: Revising Theories of Legislative Organization. 2017. Joint with Alexander Fouirnaies and Andrew B. Hall. Quarterly Journal of Political Science 12(3):269-300.

Lead Exposure and Violent Crime in the Early Twentieth Century. 2016. Joint with Christopher Muller. Explorations in Economic History 62:51-86.

  • Awarded the 2017 Larry Neal Prize for the best article in Explorations in Economic History

How Legislators Respond To Localized Economic Shocks. 2015. Joint with Andrew B. Hall. Journal of Politics 77(4):1012-1030.

The Vicious Cycle: Fundraising and Perceived Viability in US Presidential Primaries. 2013. Joint with Cameron A. Shelton. Quarterly Journal of Political Science 8(1):1-40.

Working Papers

Intergenerational Mobility during the Great Depression

Automated Census Record Linking: A Machine Learning Approach

From the Bargaining Table to the Ballot Box: Political Effects of Right to Work Laws. Joint with Alexander Hertel-Fernandez and Vanessa Williamson.

Who Becomes a Member of Congress? Evidence From De-Anonymized Census Data. Joint with Daniel M. Thompson, Andrew B. Hall, and Jesse Yoder.

Automation and the Future of Young Workers: Evidence from Telephone Operation in the Early 20th Century. Joint with Daniel Gross.

Organizational Frictions and Increasing Returns to Automation: Lessons from AT&T in the Twentieth Century. Joint with Daniel Gross.

‘Descended from Immigrants and Revolutionists’: How Family Immigration History Shapes Representation in Congress. Joint with Maxwell Palmer and Benjamin Schneer.

When Coercive Economies Fail: The Political Economy of the US South After the Boll Weevil. Joint with Soumyajit Mazumder and Cory Smith.

How the Other Half Died: Immigration and Mortality in US Cities. Joint with Philipp Ager, Casper Worm Hansen, and Huiren Tan.

After the Burning: The Economic Effects of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Joint with Alex Albright, Jeremy A. Cook, Laura Kincaide, Jason Long, and Nathan Nunn.

Resting Papers

Women’s Suffrage and Intergenerational Mobility

Information and Investment: Impacts of the Introduction of Rural Free Delivery. Joint with Martin Rotemberg.

How High-Income Neighborhoods Receive More Service from Municipal Government: Evidence from City Administrative Data. Joint with Andrew B. Hall.


Inequality and the Safety Net in American Cities Throughout the Income Distribution, 1929-1940. Joint with Price Fishback and Keoka Grayson. Forthcoming in R. Chetty, J. Friedman, J. Gornick, B. Johnson, and A. Kennickell, eds. Measuring Distribution and Mobility of Income and Wealth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.