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
Research Director
Senior Research Associate
Jacob Coblentz
Senior Research Associate
Communications Manager
Data Science Volunteer
Senior Research Associate

Current Graduate Students

Jacob Jaffe
Connor Phillips
Laura Royden

Current Undergraduate Students

Izzy Gelfand
Rachel Harris
Diana Lam
Emma Lurie
Silvia Zelaya

Former Undergraduate Researchers

Kelsey Becker
Mustafa Ben
Anna Caldwell-Overdier
Nisha Devasia
Sarah Edgar
Christina Lin
Kathryn Sessa
Alex Vu
Emily Weinschreider
Cassandra 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

Heather Gerken, Yale Law School

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 

Don Palmer, Bipartisan Policy Center

Tammy Patrick, Democracy Fund

Peggy Reeves, Office of Connecticut Secretary of the State

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

Christopher Thomas, Michigan Bureau of Elections Director, Retired

Our Funders

Job Opportunities

We do not have any current job openings, but please check back soon. 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