Exposure to anti-LGBTQ+ Violence and the Adoption of Prosocial Political Attitudes Towards LGBTQ+ People

Exposure to anti-LGBTQ+ Violence and the Adoption of Prosocial Political Attitudes Towards LGBTQ+ People

Does indirect exposure to anti-LGBTQ+ violence perpetrated by civilians engender prosocial political attitudes toward LGBTQ+ people among the mass public? Anti LGBTQ+ violence may reflect heteronormative values among the mass public. Thus, these values may be resistant to introspection after high-profile anti-LGBTQ+ violence. However, social psychological insights suggest indirect exposure to violence against marginalized minority…

Protest and Community Response to Police-Involved Killing in the Age of Black Lives Matter?

Protest and Community Response to Police-Involved Killing in the Age of Black Lives Matter?

Largely, community response to police killings are rare events, even in the communities in which they are common occurrences. In this paper, we explore two years of police killings to identify the conditions present when communities push back.  What are the factors that lead to protest or community response following a police killing? This study…

Ethnic Favoritism in Street-level Bureaucracy?

Ethnic Favoritism in Street-level Bureaucracy?

Is there ethnic favoritism in street-level bureaucracy? And do conflict legacies facilitate ethnic favoritism? Street-level bureaucracy is the primary state institution that allows for direct interactions between ordinary citizens and agents of the state. While evidence of ethnic favoritism in distributive politics is overwhelming, existing works primarily explain the state agents’ behavior in contexts where they…

Appeals to proportional distributive fairness mitigate ethnocentric bias in policy evaluation

Appeals to proportional distributive fairness mitigate ethnocentric bias in policy evaluation

The literature on welfare chauvinism shows that ethnocentric bias reduces individual support for outgroup redistributive policies.  To limit bias, scholarship suggests framing policies universally or focusing on beneficiary deservingness. However, policies intended to support disadvantaged groups and ensure equity cannot always be framed in universal terms. Moreover, individuals hold minoritized groups to a deservingness double…

Living in the Shadow of Deportation: How Deportation Threat Forestalls Political Assimilation Among Immigrants and Their Co-Ethnics

Living in the Shadow of Deportation: How Deportation Threat Forestalls Political Assimilation Among Immigrants and Their Co-Ethnics

Prior research demonstrates acculturated co-ethnics of immigrant groups adopt restrictive immigration policy preferences akin to that of host country dominant groups. However, a puzzle remains where acculturated Latinxs in the United States still maintain relatively liberal immigration policy preferences despite their distance from the canonical immigrant archetype (e.g. Spanish-speaking, immigrant). To answer the puzzle, I…

Denigrating Democracy: How Partisan Competition Sparks Xenophobia in Lebanon

Denigrating Democracy: How Partisan Competition Sparks Xenophobia in Lebanon

Protection of minorities is a hallmark of liberal democracy, but partisan competition typically requires appealing to majoritarian groups. When do electoral incentives encourage candidates to target immigrant communities with racist or discriminatory rhetoric? This paper aims to address this question through a novel dataset of refugee-related Twitter posts by political elites in Lebanon, the country…

Gender, Ethnicity, and Intersectionality in Government Cabinets: Evidence from Asia

Gender, Ethnicity, and Intersectionality in Government Cabinets: Evidence from Asia

What explains cabinet diversity – both gender and ethnicity? In contrast to the literature that (1) focuses singularly on one minority dimension – whether it is gender or ethnicity; or (2) assumes the two dimensions operate in a zero-sum game, we consider the intersection of the two. We argue we see more minority ministers –…