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
Senior Research Associate
Research Scientist
Communications Manager
Jack Williams
Senior Research Associate

Current Graduate Students

Jacob Jaffe
Connor Phillips
Laura Royden

Current Undergraduate Students

Sophia Abdelrahman
Kelechi Alfred-Igbokwe
Shraddha Anand
Jared Gillen
Manuel Perez
Pallavi Sethi

MEDSL Alumni

Jacob Coblentz
Robert Pressel
Research Director

Former Undergraduate Researchers

Kelsey Becker
Mustafa Ben
Anna Caldwell-Overdier
Zhenjia Chen
Nisha Devasia
Sarah Edgar
Izzy Gelfand
Rachel Harris
Diana Lam
Christina Lin
Emma Lurie
Alex Meredith
Kathryn Sessa
Kathryn Tso
Alex Vu
Phyllis Wei
Emily Weinschreider
Silvia Zelaya
Miray Zeynep Omurtak
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 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