Michael Olson

Michael Olson

Assistant Professor of Political Science
PhD, Harvard University
research interests:
  • American Political Institutions
  • State and Local Politics
  • Voting Rights
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    office hours:

    • on leave for fall 2023

    mailing address:

    • Washington University
      MSC 1063-228-207
      One Brookings Drive
      St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Michael Olson is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. His research and teaching focus on how electoral and legislative institutions affect legislative representation in the United States, and his work draws on a wide variety of data from across American history and different levels of government. His work has been published in the Journal of Politics, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Political Behavior, among other outlets. He is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the relationship between Black disenfranchisement and state legislative politics in the American South.