Hello! My name is Michael Olson, and I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. My broad interests are representation, legislative politics, and political parties in the United States. My research focuses on the relationship between electoral and legislative institutions and legislative representation in the United States using observational data from across history and levels of government. Particular interests include the effects of competitive party systems, the impacts of electoral and legislative reforms, and the importance of the elective franchise.
Before coming to Washington University, I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at Harvard University, and my B.A. in Political Science at Vanderbilt University. I am originally from Port Washington, Wisconsin.
When I'm not working, I enjoy fishing, exploring St. Louis on foot and bike, and watching Chicago Cubs baseball.