Dr. Abott comes to St. John's University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics. She received her Ph.D. in politics and social policy from Princeton University.
Before joining St. John's University, she was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University, where she conducted research on the effects of the passage of the California Voting Rights Law on minority political representation, and created a 20-state panel of school board and local tax referenda election data for the Education Governance and Accountability Project. Dr. Abott's research interests include state and local politics, interest group politics, and the politics of public policy. Her work is particularly concerned with the politics of public finance. Her disseertation focused on the political economy of pulic sector state pensions and the ways in which pension plans vary over time and across states, investigating how and why states choose to fund designated obligations to state workers, when states choose to be honest with voters and unions about the outlook for their future fiscal health, and the consequences of these decisions for other parts of the budget and for voters/taxpayers.