About:

I am a political science PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My major subfield is American politics, and my minor subfield is Methodology, with a focus on spatial methods. I earned my M.A. in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and my B.A. in political science and history from Ohio Northern University. Before attending graduate school, I worked as a research assistant at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois and specialized in efforts to aid in the retention of minority and first generation students. I also worked as a policy analyst at the International Economic Development Council in Washington D.C.

I research how political institutions influence elite behavior, policies, and representation, along with the origins and development of these institutions. I particularly focus on how electoral systems, geography, and multilevel governance mediate politics over time.

My dissertation investigates why states lose redistricting power to courts via gridlock, and how state legislative party leaders establish strong hierarchies by rewarding party loyalty with the overlapping constituencies necessary to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. I have employed the methods used within my dissertation for a variety of related research projects, including the creation of a new standard to constrain gerrymandering via the preservation of ZIP codes, to predicting precinct level health literacy for local elections.

Please read my bio for more information and my research page for my works in progress, articles and replication materials. If you need to contact me, please feel free to email me at jcuriel@live.unc.edu.