He received an PhD in sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, an MA in regional economic & social development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a BA in political science from Emmanuel College in Boston.
His research interests include economic sociology and political sociology with a focus on the politics of taxation and social policy. He is especially motivated by puzzles of American exceptionalism and their practical implications for public policy. He is finishing up a research project on the growing use of tax credits as social policy and its effect on child poverty in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The Fiscalization of Social Policy: How Taxpayers Trumped Children in the Fight Against Child Poverty is under contract with Oxford University Press.
He is also in the early stages of new projects on the comparative politics of housing-related tax benefits (home mortgage interest deduction, tax exemption for capital gains on sale of principle residence, and exclusion of net imputed rental income) in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada as well as the comparative politics of fiscal federalism and regional inequities in the United States and Canada. You can find more information on his personal website.
The Case for Block Grants (Policy Trajectories)
Reducing Child Poverty (New York Times)
A Pro-Family Child Tax Credit for the U.S. (Institute for Family Studies)
Canada's Successful Child Tax Benefit (Institute for Family Studies)