I am a PhD candidate in Politics at Princeton University. I study policymaking in Congress and state legislatures using both quantitative and qualitative methods. My working papers investigate the relationship between supermajority rules and bipartisan policymaking and how the media covers legislative achievements. My dissertation considers congressional policymaking in response to crises during the era of polarization.
I am also serving as a Social Impact Fellow at New America. I am working with Lee Drutman on a project where we envision how Congress may function in a multi-party system. We anticipate our paper will be completed sometime in early 2024.
I received my BA in political science from the University of Georgia in 2017 and worked as a staff writer for Ballotpedia for 2 years before starting graduate school. I have also worked on The Almanac of American Politics, serving as a researcher/writer for the 2020 edition and research director for the 2022 and 2024 editions.
roldham (at) princeton.edu