I study political and economic behavior in representative democracies with a special focus on how social identity relationships influence citizens' choices. My work lies at the intersection of Political Economy, Political Behavior, Experimental Methods, and Political Psychology.
In my research I build on strategic and behavioral theories of voting, representation, and electoral accountability and implement experiments to analyze how individuals evaluate their politicians' performance, when they discriminate in favor of their social group, how they make redistributive allocation decisions, how they coordinate their choices with their peers when forming electoral coalitions, why structural discrimination arises and how to govern diverse societies.

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Follow the Majority? How Voters Coordinate Electoral Support to Secure Club Goods
Political Science Research and Methods, forthcoming
[Paper] [Supplemental Appendix] [Replication Files]

Strategic Discrimination in Hierarchies (with Dimitri Landa)
Journal of Politics, 83(2), 2021
[Paper] [Data]

Political Polarization and Selection in Representative Democracies (with Justin Valasek)
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 168, 2019

Do Citizens Make Inferences from Political Candidate Characteristics When Aiming for Substantive Representation? (with Sveinung Arnesen and Mikael Johannesson)
Electoral Studies, 57, 2019
[Paper] [Supplemental Appendix] [Replication Files]

Social Identity and Electoral Accountability (with Dimitri Landa)
American Journal of Political Science, 59 (3), 2015
[Paper] [Supplemental Appendix] [Replication Files]

Which Parties Can Lead Opinion? Experimental Evidence on Partisan Cue Taking in Multiparty Democracies (with Ted Brader and Joshua Tucker)
Comparative Political Studies, 46 (11), 2013
[Paper] [Replication Files (zipped)]
Book Chapters

Experimental Research Design in the Study of Electoral Systems (with Joshua Tucker)
prepared for the Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems, edited by Erik Herron, Robert Pekkanen, Matthew Shugart, 2017
Working papers

The Role of Representation in Rebel Appeal: Why Voters Express Support for Parliamentary Dissent (with Jonathan Slapin)

The Case for Permanent Residency for Frontline Workers (with Mollie Gerver and Patrick Lown).

How Descriptive Representation Increases Labor Market Participation (with Emily West)
[Paper] [Data]

Upward Representation Bias: How Voters Sustain Political Inequality (with Sveinung Arnesen, Mikael Johannesson, and Yvette Peters)

Alleviating Discrimination (with Dimitri Landa)

Central Bank Communication as Public Opinion? (with Nicole Baerg)

Social Heterogeneity and its Ambiguous Effect on Preferences for Redistribution
Work in Progress

Explaining the Rift: The Impact of Communication Strategies on Public Support For Intra-Party Dissent (with Lea Kaftan, Sven-Oliver Proksch, Jonathan Slapin, Christopher Wratil).

Strategic Uncertainty and Group Bias (with Catherine Hafer and Dimitri Landa)

Persuasive Arguments in Public Opinion Formation (with Catherine Hafer and Dimitri Landa) 

Proportionality, Necessity, and Immigration Enforcement (with Mollie Gerver and Patrick Lown).

Pathways to Representation in Developing Democracies (with Heidi Colleran)

Social Identity and the Attribution of Blame (with Daniel Müller)