Curtis is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Duke University. He is writing about the effects people think elections have, where those expectations come from, and their consequences. At Duke he is a member of the Kenan Institute for Ethics's Worldview Lab. He graduated from The University of Chicago in 2016 with an M.A. (Honors) in international relations. Before that, he received a B.A. in economics and political science from Tulane University.