CSDP Welcomes 2013-2014 Visiting Fellows
CSDP is pleased to introduce the 2013-2014 cohort of visiting fellows:
David Bateman is a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, defending his dissertation this summer on Democratic Exclusion: Disenfranchisement and the Right to Vote in the United Kingdom, United States, and France, which argues that the dynamics of democratic competition often lead parties and candidates to change electoral rules to disfranchise some groups while enfranchising others. His substantive research focuses on voting rights, electoral systems, and legislator behavior. While at CSDP, David will research contemporary trends in electoral qualifications and assess their impact on turnout, on representation, and on policy. What is the impact of changes to voting qualifications on the behavior and policy positions of elected representatives? David’s research will be focused on expanding datasets documenting changes to voting qualifications, enfranchisement rates, election statistics, and legislator ideal points. This will provide the basis for a broader exploration of the impact of voting arrangements on representation.
Kyle Dropp will be joining the faculty at Dartmouth College as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. He is completing his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, and previously worked on the national desk at the Washington Post. Kyle studies how political elites influence citizens through strategic rhetoric including endorsements and political advertising. At CSDP, he will implement a wide range of experiments examining economic voting, microtargeting in campaigns and the impact of endorsements.
Jean-François Godbout (Northwestern Ph.D. 2007) is an Associate Professor in the Department of political science at the University of Montreal. Jean-François's research is primarily focused on democratic processes and political institutions. He has published several journal articles on legislative behavior and elections in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. While at CSDP, Jean-François intends to study political representation to analyze the relationship between legislators and their constituents in the Canadian House of Commons and the United States House of Representatives. This research aims to determine if the high level of partisanship currently observed in both of these legislatures reduces the responsiveness of elected officials to local concerns. Overall, the project should advance our knowledge of electoral democracy and political representation and encourage public debates on the challenges confronting legislative institutions today.
Miguel R. Rueda is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Rochester. His areas of specialization are comparative politics, formal theory, and political methodology. Miguel's research applies formal modeling and statistical tools to the study of clientelism and civil conflict with a focus in Latin America. He previously served as a Wallis Graduate Fellow at the Wallis Institute of Political Economy, and he received a M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Miguel's research agenda at CSDP will focus on the mechanics of electoral manipulation. He will be working on a project that develops and tests new hypotheses on the use of vote buying, turnout suppression and fraud. The project uses an original dataset of citizens' and election monitors' reports of electoral crimes in Colombian municipalities that covers several local and general elections. Miguel will identify the determinants of the choice of strategies by exploiting the variation in the strategies' relative incidence in the Colombian panel.