Parrish Bergquist is a doctoral candidate at MIT’s departments of Political Science and Urban Studies & Planning. She studies public opinion, political parties, and political representation in the United States, with a focus on state politics and the environment. Her dissertation project addresses state-level public opinion about environmental protection, the relationship between state parties and state publics, and the consequences of public opinion and party positions for state environmental policy agendas and outcomes. After growing up in Birmingham, AL, Parrish earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, worked in Washington, DC, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan before starting at MIT. She spends as much time outside as she can: climbing, running, cycling, or hiking.