Zoltan Hajnal is an assistant professor in the political science department at the University of California, San Diego and former research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. His research interests include minority representation, urban governance, inequality, political participation, and direct democracy. He is the author of numerous articles in journals such as The American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, Urban Affairs Review, and Social Science Quarterly. He recently received the American Political Science Association’s award for Best Paper on Urban Politics. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.