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Research Fellows

The Rose Institute stresses a high level of interaction between students and faculty. In their research on state and local government, students and faculty work side by side. Students receive guidance and instruction from professors, fellows and research associates experienced in the operations of both the public and private sectors.

Douglas M. Johnson ’92

douglas.johnson@cmc.edu | (909) 621-8159 | Cell: (310) 200-2058

dougjohnsonDouglas Johnson (B.A. Claremont McKenna College, M.B.A. UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University) has been involved with the Rose Institute since his college years, when he served as a student manager in 1991-92. Mr. Johnson assists with Rose Institute research on Redistricting Reform, Census data use and analysis, and Geographic Information Systems. Other consulting projects Mr. Johnson has worked on include the state of Florida’s State Senate Committee on Reapportionment, and the state of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission for Congressional and Legislative Redistricting.

Dr. Johnson was a Coro Public Affairs Fellow, served as Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Stephen Horn, and worked as a project manager for various software companies prior to his return to the Institute in 2001.

When not working with students at the Rose Institute, Mr. Johnson serves as President of  National Demographics Corporation.


Justin M. Levitt ’06

jlevitt06@cmc.edu | (909) 621-8159 | Cell: (480) 390-7480

Justin Levitt (B.A. Claremont McKenna College, M.A. and Ph.D. UC San Diego) is Vice President of National Demographic Corporation and an Adjunct Professor at California State University Long Beach teaching on comparative politics, Latin American politics, and international relations. A former Assistant Student Manager at the Rose Institute, Justin graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2006 and went on to study Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.  His research focuses on redistricting and representation, with a particular emphasis on how redistricting institutions make decisions.


Ian E. O’Grady ’15

ian.ogrady@phoenix.gov | (602) 495-3630

Ian-OGrady15Ian O’Grady (B. A. Claremont McKenna College) serves as Research Analyst in the Office of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. In the Office, Ian briefs Mayor Stanton on pending municipal policy and mayor initiatives. Priority initiatives include expanding Phoenix exports to Mexico, strengthening workforce development, and investing in education. Ian’s other roles include speech writing and drafting the mayor’s formal correspondence.

Outside of work, Ian is a volunteer committee member for Project Jigsaw under statewide non-profit Equality Arizona, as well as a Research Associate with NYU Wagner through Rose Faculty Fellow Andrew Sinclair (CMC ’08). Project Jigsaw works to improve Arizona’s adoption and foster care system and advocate for equal treatment of married LGBT couples throughout the process. With NYU Wagner and Dr. Sinclair, Ian continues his primary election research from his time at the Rose Institute and has authored multiple forthcoming journal articles. In addition, Ian is working with Nicolas Heidorn (CMC ’06 and Rose Institute alum) on an ongoing redistricting analysis project.

In college, Ian interned for political campaigns, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, the Office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and the ACLU. His research background includes political incentives, political party organization, campaign finance, election administration, voting rights, First Amendment law, tax policy, and economic development.  He worked for the Rose Institute and was the Institute’s Student Manager in 2014-2015.