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Bausch_Andrew.jpgAndrew W. Bausch

Andrew W. Bausch received his PhD from New York University in May 2014 and is currently a fellow in the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. His dissertation, entitled “Three Essays on Regime Type and Warfare,” examines how domestic political institutions shape how leaders select into and fight wars. In particular, he addresses why democracies tend not to fight each other and why they tend to win the wars they enter. His job market paper, “Coup-proofing and Military Inefficiencies: An Experiment,” demonstrates the conditions under which leaders will delegate military power inefficiently, hoping to deter coups at the expense of battlefield effectiveness. His work primarily relies on laboratory experiments and agent-based models. In addition to his dissertation work, he has co-authored papers using experiments to study terrorism and has used computational models to explore the spatial Prisoner's Dilemma. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and NYU's Center for Experimental Social Science. His work appears or is forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Complexity, Political Behavior, and Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Bernabel_Photo.jpgRodolpho Talaisys Bernabel

Rodolpho Bernabel is a Ph.D. candidate (expected Spring 2016) in the Department of Politics at NYU. His areas of research are Comparative and American Politics, Biology of Politics, Quantitative Methods, and Experiments. The bulk of his research investigates, through formal modeling and laboratory experiments, how political institutions affect political behavior in terms of accountability. In this line of researching he has studied the effect of federalism in the replacement of corrupt leaders. He finds that corrupt presidents are replaced more often in federal democracies than in centralized ones, but that the level of corruption is the same in both institutional designs. His study also shows that corrupt governors are replaced less often than corrupt presidents in federal democracies. Among other topics, he has also investigated how leaders' valence affect accountability; how the allocation property rights can prompt citizens to hold their leaders accountable; how conservatives and liberals have innate differences that impact how they seek to optimize performance in non-ideological cognitive tasks; homicides prevention through intelligent policing; and how electoral rules affect polarization. At NYU, he has served as Teacher Assistant for American Politics and American Constitutional Law.

Chang_120.jpgHan Il Chang

Han Il Chang is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the Politics Department in January 2014. His research focuses on the political influences of social norms and group identity, drawing on the literature of both behavioral economics and social psychology and using formal and experimental approaches. Within that broad category of study, he has explored a variety of topics: the role of reciprocity in clientelism, the impact of reciprocity on the collective action of group members, the strategic aspects of ingroup bias, the influences of political inequality on institutional legitimacy, and anti-immigration attitudes in U.S. and South Korea.

IMG_5006h.jpgIulia Cioroianu

Iulia Cioroianu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics at New York University. During the 2014-2015 academic year she will be a pre-doctoral fellow in the Department of Methodology at London School of Economics and Political Science. Iulia's research focuses on electoral competition, candidate and party positions, and campaigns and social media, while making use of a diverse set of quantitative research methods such as econometric analysis, text analytics, agent-based modeling and experiments. Her dissertation studies partisan projection effects among political actors. Using a survey of U.S. Congress candidates that she conducted before the 2012 elections, together with natural language processing and quantitative text analysis of their social media posts, she shows that candidates have biased perceptions of the political environment as well as of other political actors' ideological positions and that candidate projection is related to the intensity of political competition. To measure the level of expressed competition in candidate language she developed and implemented an automated dictionary-building method which can be used to generate dictionaries for any concept of interest, with minimal initial human input. A cross-national survey experiment that Iulia designed and conducted further shows that perceptual bias effects are universal and can emerge as a psychological response to political competition. In a separate co-authored paper, she analyzed partisan projection effects among voters from several Central and Eastern European countries and found that in the post-communist context, voters perceive their preferred party as more right-leaning, regardless of the party's true left-right ideological position.

saad_gulzar.jpgSaad Gulzar

Saad Gulzar is a PhD Candidate in Politics at NYU. He uses field experiments and data from government programs to study the political economy of development, governance, and comparative politics. His research focuses on South Asia, including Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. In recent work, forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, he uses data from half a million villages across India to show that successful implementation of one of the world’s largest development programs - the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) - depends on whether politicians are able to internalize electoral benefits. His current research uses a field experiment across 240 villages in Pakistan to examine how motivations to seek political office determine whether citizens decide to contest elections, and the consequences this decision carries for the representativeness and performance of politicians. Saad is a founding co-convener of the Northeast Workshop in Empirical Political Science (NEWEPS), a biannual conference on political economy and development research. He is a student fellow at the Association for Analytical Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), a graduate fellow at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), and an affiliate of the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR). Before starting graduate school, he was a Pakistan economist at the International Growth Center.

Park1.jpgJu Yeon Park

Ju Yeon Park received her Ph.D. in 2015. She is an adjunct professor of Quantitative Methods in Social Science at Columbia University. Her research combines experimental and quantitative methods, as well as formal modeling, to study the role and use of information in political decision-making processes under various institutional, political and economic conditions. Her dissertation investigates how political and institutional factors affect types of information transmitted in legislative hearings by focusing on the strategic selection of witnesses in public hearings. Currently she is working on a project investigating strategic communication among voters with asymmetric information under different rules of post-election resource distribution. Her latest research also involves several survey-based projects that explore how the effects of national economic conditions on electoral outcomes vary by individual-level and contextual-level factors. She has previously taught undergraduate courses in American politics and international relations, and graduate courses on quantitative analysis at New York University.

pasquale_web.jpgBen Pasquale

Benjamin Pasquale is a PhD Candidate in Politics at NYU (defending in September 2014). During the 2014-2015 academic year, he will be a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California. In his dissertation, How Inclusive Representation Shapes Maoist Violence in India, Ben analyzes how ethnic quotas shape ongoing political violence in Jharkhand, India. To investigate the longstanding theoretical prediction that the relative political inclusion of ethnic groups affects patterns of political violence, he develops a field research design using a discontinuity strategy and implements an original household survey. Ben finds causal evidence that, under specific conditions, inclusion reduces village-level Maoist violence - with implications for the study of ethnic inclusion, federalism, and institutional design in conflict zones. Beyond his dissertation, Ben has completed working papers on questions of political violence and development in India and beyond. These papers, including a co-authored publication in the American Journal of Political Science, utilize original datasets and novel research designs allowing for causal inference.

sexton_photo.jpegRenard Sexton

Renard Sexton is a PhD candidate in Politics at NYU (defending Spring 2017). He studies the political economy of conflict using field experimental and rigorous observational methods. In particular, his work explores how local political institutions determine how external shocks and interventions affect local level conflict. In a forthcoming article in the American Political Science Review, for example, he shows that multi-million dollar aid distributions by pro-government forces in Afghanistan increase violence in contested districts, but decreases violence in districts already controlled by counter-insurgents. Renard’s current research examines how electoral accountability and government capacity moderate the effect of commodity price shocks on extractive industries-related violence in Peru. He is conducting a companion field experiment in Peru to determine whether village-level trainings can improve the accountability and performance of local elected officials and if this has conflict-mitigating consequences. He is co-founder of the Northeastern Workshop in Empirical Political Science (NEWEPS), a junior fellow at the Association for Analytical Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS). He has experience teaching comparative politics and international relations at an undergraduate level and quantitative methods at a graduate level.

IMG_3525.JPGGabor Simonovits

Gabor Simonovits is a PhD Candidate in Politics at NYU (defending in June 2017). His current research, situated in the intersection of public opinion and political economy, studies the interrelationship between mass opinion and public policy. In his dissertation, Public Opinion, and Redistributive Policies, Gabor uses survey data on preferences about tax progressivity and the minimum wage to describe the representation of mass opinion in redistributive policies in American states. Gabor finds evidence that contrary to existing empirical research, while policy outcomes are related to public opinion across states, they exhibit a conservative bias within states and in general are far from the outcomes preferred by most citizens. Beyond his dissertation, Gabor has published papers on diverse topics including electoral politics, political extremism, and quantitative methodology. These papers have appeared in Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, and Political Analysis, among other places.

forwebsite-603x904.jpgEmily Anne West

Emily Anne West is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics at New York University. Her research fits into both the American and Comparative fields, focusing on Political Psychology, Race, Ethnicity and Gender, as well as Experimental and Quantitative Methods. Her research addresses the democratic implications of descriptive representation in two ways. First, it unpacks the reasons, both instrumental and psychological (or "expressive"), that voters might prefer shared-identity candidates, and examines how descriptive representation affects political efficacy. Second, it examines how and under which conditions descriptively representative officeholders enter the deliberative process and affect substantively representative policy implementation. In her dissertation project, she examines the extent to which psychological pay-off motivates voters from different identities to support in-group candidates. Through a series of online survey experiments (registered with EGAP), she finds that there is a psychological benefit associated with in-group voting, and that this benefit varies along different identity dimensions and contexts of discrimination. She also has co-authored research examining the impacts of ethnic and racial discrimination on economic well-being (with Professor Anna Harvey), as well as insurgent violence (with Professor Cyrus Samii). Emily is also passionate about teaching; she will be an adjunct instructor at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service for the 2016-2017 academic year teaching a methodological course on estimating causal impacts.