CSDP Introduces 2022-2023 Fellows

Thursday, Mar 24, 2022

We are delighted to introduce the 2022-2023 fellows in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.

We will welcome this twenty-third cohort of CSDP fellows to Princeton in the fall

 2022-2023 CSDP Fellows


 Jacob Brown headshot  Jacob Brown will earn his PhD in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University in 2022. He studies political behavior in American politics with particular interest in how political geography and group identity structure political behavior. His work investigates the behavioral consequences of geographic partisan polarization, with specific focus on how this polarization is self-reinforcing: how living in increasingly homogeneous partisan environments influences voters’ political affiliations. To this end, Jacob develops data on the partisan residential exposure of every voter in the United States over the past decade, leveraging precise information on each voter's residential location, partisan affiliation, and political behavior. With these data he presents new evidence on the extent and causes of partisan sorting in the United States and test new theories of how where Democrats and Republicans live in relation to one another influences political behavior. Jacob will continue this work as a CSDP fellow and in 2023 will join the political science faculty at Boston University as an assistant professor.


Jared Clemons headshot  Jared Clemons is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Duke University studying the relationship between political economy and antiracism. More specifically, his dissertation traces how macroeconomic policy, particularly in the post-World War II era, led to the hyper-commodification of both public education and housing—a process that has been part and parcel of what is generally understood as neoliberal capitalism—and how such state policies have undermined efforts to address racial inequality. Given these political circumstances, he then offers a new theoretical framework, the privatization of racial responsibility, for helping us to understand how individuals sympathetic to antiracist aims—within the context of his dissertation, white liberals—navigate these circumstances. In so doing, he offers a materially-grounded theory for thinking about contemporary white antiracism and the persistence of structural racial inequality. While at Princeton as a joint fellow of CSDP and the department of politics, Jared will build upon his interests in political economy, American political development, the formation and sustainment of neoliberal ideology, and Black political thought to further develop and sharpen the theoretical framework and empirical data presented in his dissertation.


Hanno Hilbig headshot  Hanno Hilbig is a PhD candidate in the Government department at Harvard. His research lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics and Political Economy, focusing on the political repercussions of regional and individual economic disparities in advanced democracies in Europe. In his dissertation, he explores how local governments respond to adverse economic shocks. In additional published and ongoing research, Hanno examines three related research areas: (i) the relationship between economic inequality and political behavior, (ii) economic disparities between immigrants and natives (iii) how growing regional disparities in local news presence affect polarization and political knowledge.


Eunji Kim headshot  Eunji Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. She received her joint PhD in political science and communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Her research interests include political communication, public opinion, and political behavior in the context of U.S. politics. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences among others.

While at CSDP, she will pursue two related research projects that aim to broaden our understanding of which media can be considered politically relevant. The first project (joint with Tyler Reny, Claremont Graduate University), will examine how widely popular law enforcement TV shows like NCIS and Chicago P.D. shape people's perceptions of the police and the criminal justice system. This project uses an eclectic array of original data—ranging from campaign advertisement data to lab-in-the-field experiments in retirement houses—to quantify the media effects and contextualize the relative influence of people's lived experiences. She will also work on finishing up her first book project, which seeks to examine the long-standing political economy puzzle of why demand for redistribution has not increased despite widening wealth disparities and declining economic mobility. Her mixed-method book sheds light on how the rags-to-riches narratives that prevail in the contemporary media environment exert a conservative influence over American politics in this new Gilded Age.


Gregory Leslie headshot  Gregory Leslie is a political science PhD candidate and is finishing an MS in statistics at UCLA. His primary research agenda examines the political behavior and public opinion of mixed-race individuals, with a particular focus on Black-White biracials. Specifically, he spends a lot of time trying to figure out how individuals with dual racial group membership reconcile exposure to divergent racial contexts as they construct and express their racial identities and politics. He is intrigued by clever causal identification strategies and enjoys working with big data. While at Princeton as a joint fellow of CSDP and the department of politics, Greg will work on his book manuscript that expands his dissertation research on relative racial salience and advance his research pipeline that focuses on using multiracials to reevaluate and extend prominent theories of race and politics.


Maria Silfa headshot  Maria Silfa studies American politics with a focus on interest groups and bureaucratic politics. Her current work explores how business interests interact with the bureaucracy at different stages of the rulemaking process.  At CSDP, Maria will continue to explore how bureaucrats respond to different political pressures and how they incorporate the preferences of relevant actors in final rules. Maria is expected to receive her PhD from the University of Rochester in 2022.