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Michael Zoorob

PhD Candidate in Government, Harvard University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN

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About Michael

Zoorob's research centers on the political dimensions of inequality, policing, and health, with particular interest in police unions, sheriff elections, and the overdose epidemic in the United States. His popular audience writings have appeared in the Sunlight Foundation, Houston Chronicle, and Nashville's Gideon Army's "Driving While Black" report on racial disparities in traffic stops. He is a doctoral student fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center's Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy.


How to Revitalize America's Local Political Parties

    Kenneth T. Andrews , Hahrie Han
  • Alexander Hertel-Fernandez
  • Lara Putnam
  • Daniel Schlozman ,
  • Theda Skocpol
  • Vanessa Williamson
  • Sarah E. James ,
  • Caroline Tervo

In the News

Michael Zoorob quoted on the strength of community in protecting society's most vulnerable by Maia Szalavitz, "Why Social Capital Could Be the Key to Solving America's Overdose Epidemic" The Guardian, August 16, 2017.
"OpenGov Voices: Nashville's Police Data Reveals Racial Burden?," Michael Zoorob, Sunlight Foundation, September 16, 2016.
"Uber, Lyft: Consider the Disabled," Michael Zoorob, Houston Chronicle, July 28, 2014.


"The Cannabinoid Content of Legal Cannabis in Washington State Varies Systematically across Testing Facilities and Popular Consumer Products" (with Nick Jikomes). Scientific Reports 8 (2018).

Documents systematic differences in the cannabinoid content reported by different laboratories in Washington that persist even after accounting for the producer, product type, and strain name of the products submitted to each lab. Underscores the need for standardized laboratory methodologies in the legal cannabis industry and provides a framework for quantitatively assessing laboratory quality.

"Bowling Alone, Dying Together: The Role of Social Capital in Mitigating the Drug Overdose Epidemic in the United States" (with Jason L. Salemi). Drug and Alcohol Dependence 173 (2017): 1-9.

Finds that social capital protects communities against drug overdose.