Jacob Harris is a Ph.D. student in Government at Cornell University. His interests include American politics, criminal justice, prison proliferation, public opinion, and political psychology. His research on policing and punitive attitudes is published or forthcoming in the Journal of Criminal Justice and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His work is generously funded by the Sage Fellowship, PRICE institute, Population Center, and Rural Humanities Initiative at Cornell University and the Kohut and Mitofsky Fellowships at the Roper Center for Public Opinion.

Jacob’s ongoing projects include 1) assessing the political consequences of prison proliferation, 2) creating a novel dataset of U.S. prison closures over the past 50 years, and 3) measuring how voters are biased by the perceptual fluency (pronounceability) of political candidates’ names.

During his free time, Jacob enjoys spending time with his wife and and two kids and playing tennis.