Hello! I am a Ph.D. candidate in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University. My current research falls within the scope of American politics, primarily in the areas of state and local government, legislative institutions, and representation. A copy of my CV can be found here.
My dissertation project explores the nature of political divides at the state and local level in the United States, focusing on longstanding questions about power and the dimensions of conflict. In particular, I am especially interested in how conflict manifests itself within cities and -- when it breaks out -- how the dividing lines are drawn. To delve into these questions, I have gathered the largest collection of local legislative records to date, which includes policy proposals and roll call votes from 180 city and county councils across the country. This data, in turn, allows me to evaluate the social, political, and institutional factors that shape the local political process broadly, along with the cleavages that form and evolve within specific cities -- large and small -- over time.
Prior to attending Harvard, 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. At Harvard, I am 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