How do suppressive electoral institutions affect political behavior?
My research explores the psychological responses of voters to undemocratic and suppressive electoral institutions. Through survey experiments, natural experiments, and observational data in the U.S. and Malaysia, I demonstrate the conditions under which suppressive institutions produce demobilization among some voters and counter-mobilization among others. I use methods and theories developed in political psychology to test cases in both the American and comparative contexts.
My research is supported by the National Science Foundation through the APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, the University of Michigan's Center for Education of Women and the University of Michigan's International Institute. I am also a recipient of the University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School Merit Fellowship. Currently I am assisting with research for the American National Election Survey.
I have presented original research at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting, the Midwest Political Science Association's annual meeting, Michigan's Interdisciplinary Workshop on American Politics, the International Studies Association's annual meeting and the International Political Psychology Association's annual conference (Summer 2022). I have also given an invited lecture at the State University of New York at Binghamton's departments of political science and Asian studies.