Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Effective Lawmaking at Vanderbilt University. I received my Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University in May 2018. A copy of my CV can be found here.
I research political institutions and representation in the United States, with a focus on state and local government. Specifically, my work explores how the actions and preferences of elected officials vary across political and institutional contexts; when, why, and what types of cleavages emerge within legislative politics; and how these processes impact the development of public policy.
Prior to attending graduate school, I received a B.A. in political science from UCLA in 2009 and an M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. While at Harvard, I was affiliated with the Inequality and Social Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
You can email me at pbucchianeri [at] fas.harvard.edu