Tanika Raychaudhuri is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, specializing in American politics. Her research interests include political behavior, race and ethnicity, economic inequality, partisanship, and political representation. Her dissertation, entitled "The New Democrats: On the Social Roots of Asian American Partisan Political Attitudes and Action," explores why Asian Americans, a group with some Republican predispositions, votes against those predispositions, for Democrats in national elections. Using data from longitudinal surveys, interviews, and an original experiment, this research tests existing theories and develops a new theory, grounded in partisan influence from peer networks. She is also working on several collaborative research projects, on topics such as income inequality and the college experience and Puerto Rican political mobilization.
At Princeton, she is a technical research consultant for Princeton Research in Experimental Social Science (PRESS). She has served as an Assistant Instructor for undergraduate courses in quantitative methods, experimental methods, and American politics.
Prior to arriving at Princeton, she graduated with a BA in Political Science (minors in Applied Statistics and Sociocultural Anthropology) from the University of Michigan in 2014, with highest honors and highest distinction. While at Michigan, she wrote a senior thesis about the priming effects of Spanish-language political advertising on US Hispanic voters, under the advisement of Professor Nicholas Valentino. As an undergraduate student, she worked in Washington DC as a Congressional Intern for US Representative Rush Holt (2012) and US Senator Frank Lautenberg (2013). She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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