My research interests include American politics, with a focus on racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public policy, and criminal justice.
My dissertation examines how exposure to people of color during adolescence affects the racial attitudes and partisanship of non-Hispanic whites well into adulthood. To do so, I link web-scraped social media data with voter registration files and find that as white students' high schools became less racially diverse, they were significantly more likely to identify as Democrats twenty years after graduating. [Sample Dissertation Paper]
In Fall 2021, I will be a post-doctral fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania.
My scholarly work has been published in Public Choice and has also appeared in Vox. Before entering NYU, I was a middle school English teacher in Istanbul. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015, with a B.A. in Political Science and Middle East and North African Studies.