As a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, Patricia Kirkland studies American politics with a focus on state and local politics. Her ongoing research examines representation, municipal finance outcomes, and fiscal health in U.S. cities, exploring the relationship between local politics and policy outcomes. Other current projects investigate vote choice in nonpartisan elections and the connection between divided government and legislative productivity in the states.
Patricia also serves as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Political Science and as a Graduate Assistant in the Empirical Reasoning Center at Barnard College.
Patricia graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a B.A. in Political Science. She has received her M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia University.