CSDP Announces 2012-2013 Fellows
We are delighted to introduce next year's visiting fellows in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. This thirteenth cohort of CSDP fellows will be in residence through the 2012-2013 academic year. Please join us in welcoming them to Princeton in September.
Saumitra Jha is assistant professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 2006. His research uses a combination of economic theory and empirical analysis to investigate the processes by which cultural and political institutions have developed historically, and to draw new strategies for contemporary development policy. He is particularly interested in formal and informal mechanisms that have been successful in fostering tolerance and cooperation among members of different social and ethnic groups.
Saum will be a joint fellow at Princeton during 2012-2013 in both the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. His work this upcoming year will focus on the role of financial innovation and innovators in reducing violent resistance to beneficial reforms. Saum plans to complete a series of papers that culminate in a book, which focuses on the role financial innovations and innovators might play in theory and have played in practice in aligning interests and reducing the incentives for conflict. One component of this project is experiments designed to see whether the sharing of ethnically delimited assets can reduce ethnic conflict in both the lab and in the field.
Marc Meredith is assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2008. Marc’s research examines the political economy of American elections, with a particular focus on the application of causal inference methods. His substantive research interests include election administration, local political institutions, political campaigns, and voter decision-making, particularly as it relates to economic conditions.
While at CSDP, Marc’s research agenda focuses on the causes and consequences of local political representation, with a particular emphasis on school board elections. How do the characteristics of local political representatives compare with their constituents? To what extent does the identity of local political representatives affect policy outcomes? What are the causes and consequences of local political competition? Marc plans to collect additional data, looking at: candidate’s aggregate vote totals; demographics of both winning and losing candidates; survey data of school board members to assess information that is not available from public records; and GIS data to link candidates to local education policies and outcomes.
Maria Petrova is the UBS Assistant Professor of Economics at the New Economic School in Moscow. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2008. Maria’s research interests include political economy, mass media economics, and corporate finance.
As a CSDP visiting scholar for 2012-2013, she will focus on media effects in Weimar Republic, with the objective of deepening our understanding of the influence of mass media on people’s behavior in a democracy, by estimating a causal effect of German public radio on voting and expressions of anti-semitism in Germany in 1930-1933. This research combines political, economic, and historic scholarship to show how radio enabled the elections of Adolf Hitler, and subsequent events, in a democratic society. She will employ detailed small-level geographic variation in signal availability in order to estimate the magnitudes of media effects on voting and other dependent variables. The ultimate goal of Maria’s research is to compare the magnitude of this effect with the magnitudes found in other studies of the effects of mass media on a range of outcomes in modern United States, Russia, Croatia, and other countries.
Victoria Shineman is a PhD candidate in Politics at New York University. Her current research focuses on how participation costs affect the political sophistication of different populations. She is completing her dissertation on the effects of compulsory voting.
Victoria will spend her year at CSDP continuing her research on electoral systems and informed participation by implementing a series of field experiments building from her previous experimental designs. Timing her research this year with the federal election, she will set up a panel survey before and after the November 6th election, and plans to take advantage of the PLESS Lab to conduct this and possibly other experiments to test her treatment effect (including local elections and the NJ gubernatorial primary next spring).