Hello! I’m Peter. I’m a social scientist with expertise in American politics and social policy. I am currently a research consultant for the Center for Effective Lawmaking, where I am developing effectiveness scores for over 20,000 current and former state legislators.

My academic research, which has been published in the American Political Science Review and Political Behavior, examines how social and political institutions shape the preferences and behaviors of elected officials in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels. In practice, this means I ask and answer questions such as: how do political parties impact the electoral and legislative processes? What role does competition play in fostering a healthy democracy? And why are some legislators more effective at influencing public policy than others? For additional information about my work in these areas, please see my research page.

Looking to get in touch? You can email me at peter [at] peterbucchianeri.com.