Meredith Dost

Meredith Dost

Democracy Doctoral Fellow AY 2020-2021
American politics, bureaucracy and governance, political behavior, inequality
Meredith Dost

Meredith Dost is a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in government and social policy at Harvard studying American politics and is also a Stone Ph.D. Research Fellow in Harvard's Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy. Her research interests include the administrative state and governance, political behavior, and inequality in the United States. Meredith's dissertation research focuses on the political implications of administrative burden. She studies how interactions with the administrative state affect the political behavior and attitudes of potential recipients of means-tested government programs. More broadly, Meredith's work addresses the low political participation of economically disadvantaged citizens, as well as the consequences of federalism.

Prior to Harvard, Meredith worked at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. and she earned a bachelor's degree in public policy and hispanic studies from the College of William & Mary. At Harvard College, Meredith is a resident tutor and academic advisor at Quincy House.