Michael Kistner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy. His research interests include campaign finance, elections, applied Bayesian methods, and testing theories of legislative politics at the state level. In his dissertation Michael evaluates the causes and consequences of partisan fundraising in state legislatures, with a focus on the effects such systems have on policy output and representation.
In addition to his research interests, Michael is passionate about inclusive pedagogy. Over the past two summers he has served as instructor of statistics for the Junior Summer Institute, which seeks to prepare students from diverse backgrounds -- including underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and students from families with lower socio-economic status -- for graduate study and careers in public policy. Before coming to Princeton he got his B.A. in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University