Meredith Dost is a Ph.D. Candidate in Government and Social Policy studying American politics. 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 the administrative choices made by bureaucrats working for U.S. state and local governments affect the political behavior and attitudes of potential recipients of means-tested government programs. More broadly, Meredith’s work addresses the ethical dilemmas bureaucrats face when implementing public policies in a federalist system. 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 an academic advisor for undergraduates studying political science.