By applying scientific principles to how elections are studied and administered, MEDSL aims to improve the democratic experience for all U.S. voters.


Our lab supports advances in election science by collecting, analyzing, and sharing core data and findings. We also aim to build relationships with election officials and others to help apply new scientific research to the practice of democracy in the United States.


We are committed to the improvement of scholarship and practice in election science through high-quality data gathering and analysis.


In our own work and our collaborations with others, we adhere to the highest scientific standards of honesty, observability, and collegiality. 


By grounding our work in data and the scientific method, our recommendations aim to improve democratic practice for everyone.


Our staff of social scientists, researchers, and students are committed to improving democracy in the United States by promoting the application of scientific principles to the understanding of election administration.

Core Team

Founding Director
Laurel Bliss
Senior Research Associate
Research Scientist
Communications Director
Jack Williams
Senior Research Associate

Current Graduate Researchers

Current Undergraduate Researchers

Julia Ansolabehere
Emily Kohn
Sam Pauley
Emerson Webb
Marcos Zarate

MEDSL Alumni

Senior Research Associate
Jacob Coblentz
Senior Research Associate
Robert Pressel
Senior Research Associate
Senior Research Associate
Anna Weissman
Senior Research Associate
Research Director

Former Graduate Researchers

Andrew Halterman
Connor Phillips
Blair Read
Laura Royden

Former Undergraduate Researchers

Sophia Abdelrahman
Kelechi Alfred-Igbokwe
Andrea Arias
Lily Bailey
Laine Beauchemin
Kelsey Becker
Mustafa Ben
Reginald Best
Anna Caldwell-Overdier
Graham Cartright
Zhenjia Chen
Faith Davenport
Nisha Devasia
Jennifer Duan
Sarah Edgar
Izzy Gelfand
Yun Gu
Rachel Harris
Zachary Johnson
Annie Kang
Liberty Ladd
Diana Lam
Christina Lin
Emma Lurie
Alex Meredith
Manuel Perez
Kathryn Sessa
Pallavi Sethi
Kathryn Tso
Alex Vu
Phyllis Wei
Emily Weinschreider
Andy Xu
Jennifer Yu
Silvia Zelaya
Miray Zeynep Omurtak
Cassandra Zheng
George Zheng

Advisory Board

Lonna Rae Atkeson, Political Science Department, University of New Mexico

Barry C. Burden, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lori Edwards, Polk County, Florida Supervisor of Elections

Edward B. Foley, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Bernard L. Fraga, Department of Political Science, Indiana University

Amanda M. Grandjean, Director of Elections, Ohio

Paul Gronke, Political Science Department, Reed College

Kathleen Hale, Department of Political Science, Auburn University

Kevin Kennedy, State of Wisconsin, Retired

Jan Leighley, Department of Government, American University

Dean C. Logan, Los Angeles County, California Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Christopher B. Mann, Department of Political Science, Skidmore College

Amber McReynolds, Director of Elections, Denver, Colorado 

Tammy Patrick, Democracy Fund

Daron R. Shaw, Department of Government, The University of Texas at Austin

Michelle Tassinari, Director/Legal Counsel, Elections Division, Massachusetts

Christopher Thomas, Michigan Bureau of Elections Director, Retired

Michael B. Winn, Election Director, Harris County, Texas,

Our Funders

Job Opportunities

We do not have any current openings. If you are interested in an MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunity, please contact us


For more information on how to get involved please contact
Claire DeSoi