Karen Long Jusko

Karen Long Jusko is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science, at the University of Michigan, with major specializations in quantitative methodology and comparative politics. With the support of a National Science Foundation Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (NSF-EITM) fellowship for advanced graduate training in formal and empirical methods, she came to Princeton University as a visiting student in September 2003. Her research has been supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Dissertation Fellowship, a SSHRC Federalism and Federations Dissertation Supplement, and research grants from the National Poverty Center, and the Luxembourg Income Study.

Her dissertation research addresses the following questions: How do electoral rules affect the poor? How responsive are elected governments to the interests of low-income citizens? When do parties have an incentive to seek the support of the low-income citizens? These questions structure a comparative analysis of the relationship between antipoverty policy and electoral rules, and establish the foundation of a research agenda motivated by broader questions about the relationship between democratic ideals and democratic practice.