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M. Christine Phillips

Ph.D. – Political Science

Experience & Background

Christy is an expert in applied econometrics, data analysis and statistics, regulatory and institutional impact, and applications of political science to markets.  She currently focuses on principal-agent matters and the modeling and valuation of statutorily granted rights.  Since joining the firm in 2014, Christy has worked on a wide array of cases, including issues involving technology and patent valuation, economic substance, rent control, discriminatory behavior, statistical forecasting, and applied economics.

Some of her recent papers include “A Problem with Empirical Studies of Party Policy Shifts: Alternative measures of party shifts are uncorrelated” in the European Journal of Political Research and “The Simplest Government Heuristic of All: Citizens Infer that Governing Parties are pro-European Union” in Comparative Political Studies. Christy also serves as an adjunct instructor in the online program for John Brown University.


Christy earned her Ph.D. at Texas A&M, where she studied political science, applied econometrics, and comparative systems.  Before her doctoral work, she earned an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.  Her undergraduate training was at Grove City College, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science with additional minors in mathematics, computer science, and business analytics.