Erica Czaja is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics. Her current research interests within American politics include public opinion, social policy, political communication, race, gender, and inequality. Prior to her arrival at Princeton, Erica spent two years at the RAND Corporation, working as a survey coordinator within the Survey Research Group. In 2006, she earned her M.A. in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, and her M.A. thesis entitled "Katrina’s Southern "Exposure," the Kanye Race Debate, and the Repercussions of Discussion" has been published in SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society as well as in Seeking Higher Ground: The Race, Public Policy & Hurricane Katrina Crisis Reader. Erica also holds a B.A. with high distinction in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.