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For a brief biography of my professional development, please click the "About Me" link on the sidebar.

Here are a few facts about me

Favorite academic written work: Gerber and Green's 2000 APSR piece on voter mobilization. Reading their article sparked my interest in social science research when I was just starting out in college.

Favorite non-academic written work: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Very funny and quirky.

Personal source of inspiration: The late, great Ronald McNair. He persevered through a lot of obstacles. Ronald McNair unfortunately left this world much too soon.

Intellectual heroes: Lee Sigelman and Elinor Ostrom. Both stand out for taking chances, and for being interdisciplinary.

Favorite website to visit: Twitter. It is very eye-opening (in both good and bad ways) about how a wide variety of people talk about contemporary news items.

Favorite sports team: As a native Los Angeleno, I will support the Los Angeles Lakers until I draw my last breath. Anyone from Los Angeles who supports the Clippers is just a contrarian!

Favorite athletes: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I will always admire talented people who don't take their talent for granted, and insist on putting in effort to improve.

Favorite films: I'm a big comedy guy. Not very much into serious dramas. Real life already has enough drama! I do enjoy non-gory thrillers though. The original Night of the Living Dead and Halloween are both incredible for creating a gripping atmosphere.

Favorite television shows: I enjoy older television programs more than current television. I think a lot of people in my generation would say otherwise, but I'll take The Twilight Zone, Columbo, and I Love Lucy anytime over 99% of what is on now! 

Thanks for reading! I'll try to add some more in the future.