Scott is a PhD candidate, studying American Politics. His research interests focus on the link between public opinion, national party platforms, and economic inequality. As part of his research, he has built datasets that include public opinion data, party platform positions, and federal policy outcomes.

Scott holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois State University, and also earned an AM in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Prior to his doctoral studies, Scott was Chief Financial Officer of Morningstar, Inc., and established the firm's first government relations program.