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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.

DDuell_photo.jpgDominik Duell

Dominik Duell received his PhD from New York University in September 2014 and is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. He studies the influence of salient social identity on political behavior. More specifically, his research clarifies how psychological and strategic implications of heightened group concerns interact to affect electoral accountability and the formation of political preferences. Dominik's publications and working papers explore how politicians respond to the propensity of voters to elect candidates from their own social group and when voters attribute responsibility for political outcomes favorably to incumbents with whom they share a salient social trait. His work also illustrates when campaign appeals to voters' social identity leads to bandwagoning of members of one social group behind one candidate and when candidates alienate potential supporters by priming their group membership. He builds on insights from formal theories of voting and representation, political behavior, social psychology, and behavioral economics as well as employs laboratory and survey experimentation to tackle the challenges that arise for identification (e.g., many unobservable correlates that, simultaneously, could be the source and effect of a salient identity). His research is published in the American Journal of Political Science and Comparative Political Studies and has been supported by a number of different academic and government institutions, including the U.S. National Science Foundation.

garciaponce2.jpgOmar García-Ponce

Omar García-Ponce is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He specializes in comparative politics and political economy of development. His dissertation investigates the legacies of Peru's Shining Path insurgency on women's engagement in local politics. Based on an original data set of candidates running for local councilors, he finds that new opportunities for women as political actors may arise during wartime, persist in the postwar period, and be transmitted across generations. His research interests are broadly focused on the links between violence, politics, and development. He has two main lines of ongoing research. One examines how armed violence affects political behavior and the development of institutions. The other is on the political economy of organized crime, with a focus on the U.S.-Mexico drug trade. Methodologically, his expertise is in quantitative approaches to causal inference. His work appears or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. Additionally, revisions of his current working papers have been requested by the American Journal of Political Science and World Politics.

website_photo.pngS.P. Harish

S.P. Harish is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at New York University. He specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on state capacity, nation-building, political violence and energy access, especially in Southeast and South Asia. His dissertation research examines factors that exacerbate gender, ethnic and geographical divides within a country, and how states overcome these societal rifts. In his job market paper, he presents a theory of how violence exposure exacerbates the gender divide in Timor-Leste. Using a novel dataset that documents human rights violations in Timor-Leste during the Indonesian occupation and a household survey, he shows that the negative impact of war affects not only people who were exposed to the violence but also extends to the next generation. Importantly, he shows that this only affects female children of the next generation, thereby exacerbating the gender divide. Other papers in his dissertation examine the effect of pre-colonial institutions on geographical divides in Indonesia, and how education policies overcome ethnic divisions in Thailand. In additional projects, he has worked with different co-authors on the effect of elections on violence (current revise & resubmit at the American Political Science Review), female leadership’s influence on a state's tendency to engage in conflict, the role of state sovereignty changes on economic growth, and energy access in India. His research has been published in multiple journals, including Contemporary Southeast Asia, Crossroads, Ecological Economic, Economics of Governance, and Energy Research and Social Science. .

Kai.jpgKai Ou

Kai Ou is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at New York University, and will complete his degree in June 2016. His research interests are in the fields of Comparative Politics (with an expertise on China), American Politics (especially involving voting behavior), Formal Political Theory, Experimental and Behavioral Economics, Political Economy, and their intersections. In his dissertation, he develops a new model of production and voting which incorporates political inequality. He studies the impacts of different social institutions on production decisions in the labor market. His research also investigates the factors which influence individuals’ and collective choices in a political process which in turn determine tax rates and redistributive policies. His other research explores the influences of religious beliefs and education in areas inhabited by ethnic minorities in China. He and his coauthors investigate the conflict between the Islamic prohibition against lending money for interest and the ubiquitous role that Interest-Bearing investments play in market economic systems. His work has been published in the European Journal of Political Economy, and his research has been funded by the Chinese National Science Foundation and NYU’s Center for Experimental Social Science.

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.