about me

I am a political science PhD student at the University of California-Los Angeles, focusing on American politics and formal methods. My dissertation investigates the extra-legislative powers of Congress: The ability of individual legislators to exert influence over the implementation and enforcement of policy. In other work I think about how districting composition influences the candidate selection process and party nominating coalitions. I am the former director of the redistricting team at the Democratic National Committee.


In my spare time, I write about R. E-mail me at johnlray at ucla dot com or tweet me at johnlray.