Eli Poupko earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University followed by a J.D. from University of Florida. He practiced as a legal aid attorney in Florida and California before completing his Master of Public Affairs at the LBJ School. His primary research interests focus on the normative foundations of election law and policy, exploring the relationship between choices of electoral institutions and conceptions of voting in democratic theory. His dissertation project undertakes a critical reinterpretation of the four terms of the rational choice voting calculus, which provides a framework for analyzing the theoretical inputs to current policies of American election law and administration. Eli’s wider interests extend to issues of comparative constitutional design, and his recent work includes research classifying and analyzing African constitutions for the study of conflict management and democratization.
Research Interests: Election Law and Policy, Democratic Theory, Constitutional Design