CSDP Seminar: Welcome and Introductions

Thu, Sep 2, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Faculty, fellows, and graduate students only
Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)

This opening CSDP seminar is traditionally devoted to introductions of those joining the university and CSDP community -- faculty, fellows, researchers, and graduate students. The 2021-2022 CSDP fellows will also briefly introduce their work and planned research agendas for their year at CSDP:

  • Alexander Sahn received his PhD in 2021 at UC Berkeley. His book project is on the causes of unaffordable housing costs and a series of papers on race and gender in money in politics form the core of his research agenda on racial inequalities in American representation and political economy.  His book project, The Politics of Exclusion: Zoning in the American City, provides new answers to why housing is unaffordable in cities across the country and how and why municipal governments regulate land use. At CSDP, he will also extend his work to bring new questions and data to the study of inequality, including by examining the effects of the Great Migration on other changes in public opinion and municipal institutions and the urban politics of the era. What is the role of partisanship, race, and other factors in the differential land use regulation and affordability in regions of the US?
  • Christine Slaughter will be a joint fellow of the Department of Politics and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (2021-2022). She received her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2021. Her primary research interests include political behavior and political psychology, race and ethnicity politics, and poverty. Her second stream of research specifically focuses on Black women voters and intersectionality. Her current work uses sixty-five years of longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to explore one form of adversity – intergenerational poverty – that she argues is foundational to the development of racial resilience. Christine will join Boston University’s Department of Political Science as an assistant professor in 2022.
  • Eli Rau earned his PhD at Yale University in 2021. He conducts research in comparative politics, political economy, and formal political theory. Using the tools of formal theory, quantitative empirical analysis, and qualitative field research, he develops and tests new theories for how electoral rules shape the broader political landscape, focusing on general-equilibrium explanations that consider the strategic relationships between political actors and everyday citizens. Extending his dissertation research, Eli will work on his book manuscript at CSDP, analyzing the relationship between partisanship and voter turnout, and how voting rules structure the interactions between parties and voters. He also plans to conduct a comparative study of partisanship under compulsory and voluntary voting and will advance a project that examines intra-party competition using data from Colombia and Chile.
  • Michelangelo Landgrave will be a joint fellow of the Department of Politics and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (2021-2022). He earned his PhD at the University of California-Riverside in 2021. His primary research fields are state and local politics, legislative studies and race & ethnic politics. At Princeton, Michelangelo will focus on the role of legislative staffers as substantive representatives, building on his dissertation’s examination of state legislative institutional design and its influence on legislative outcomes. He also has an active race and ethnic politics research agenda, including work that shows that more professionalized state legislatures provide more equitable constituency service to minority populations than less professionalized legislatures, and points toward policy recommendations.
  • William Marble earned his PhD in the Political Science Department at Stanford University in 2021. His work investigates the ways that economic and social context influence political attitudes, campaigns, and behavior. Using administrative data, surveys, and social media data – along with modern causal inference methods and rigorous descriptive methods – he generates new insights about the forces that shape modern politics and explores the interplay between nationalization of politics and regional divergence of economic opportunity. At CSDP, William will build on his interests in the issue substance of politics, including the development of a method to jointly estimate the distribution of public opinion on a range of issue areas — economic policy, racial policies, and moral values issues, among others — as well as the relative weights that voters attach to each issue area over the past 40 years. This structural approach combines new advances in measuring candidates’ issue-specific ideal points with survey and electoral data to enable a fine-grained accounting of evolution of the nature of political competition from 1980 to the present.
  • Emma Rodman will continue her second year remotely, advancing work on her book project, The Idea of Equality in America. She is 2020-2022 Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate with appointment in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs/Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the University Center for Human Values. In the book project, she argues that the concept of equality is both more complex and more hierarchical than is typically supposed. By disentangling and historically situating ideas of moral, social, and economic equality, the book highlights both the tensions between different valences of equality and the historical shifts in their political salience..