Hi, my name is Meredith Dost, and I am a PhD candidate in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University studying American politics. My research interests include the administrative state and governance, political behavior, and inequality. My dissertation research focuses on the political implications of administrative burden. I study how interactions with the administrative state affect the political behavior and attitudes of potential recipients of means-tested government programs.
I am a Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics for the 2021-22 year. I am also an affiliate of the Center for American Political Studies and a Stone PhD Research Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy. During the 2020-21 year, I was a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Prior to Harvard, I worked at Pew Research Center, and I earned a B.A. in Public Policy and Hispanic Studies from the College of William & Mary. At Harvard College, I am an academic advisor for undergraduates studying political science.
My CV is available here.