We are delighted to introduce the 2021-2022 fellows in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics
Alexander Sahn is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley (expected 2021), whose book project 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). A PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles (expected 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.
Eli Rau is a PhD candidate at Yale University (expected 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.
Emma Rodman is the 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. Emma received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 2020. Emma is a scholar of American political thought with a particular interest in the meanings of political concepts. Her studies employ archival research, interpretative close reading, and machine learning methods that trace the meanings of concepts quantitatively across large volumes of text. At Princeton, Emma is working on a book project, The Idea of Equality in America. Looking from the late colonial era to the present, the book shows how some of these registers of equality have produced and naturalized hierarchy and have had a sabotaging relationship to democratic participation and inclusion.
Michelangelo Landgrave will be a joint fellow of the Department of Politics and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (2021-2022). He is a PhD candidate (expected 2021) at the University of California-Riverside. 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 is a PhD candidate (expected 2021) in the Political Science Department at Stanford University. 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.