Faculty

Matt Golder

Matt Golder is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. His research looks at how political institutions affect democratic representation, with a particular focus on electoral rules and party systems. In addition to serving as chair of APSA’s section on Representation and Electoral Systems, he is also a member of the executive board for the Making Electoral Democracy Work project and the advisory board for the Electoral Integrity Project. He is editor of APSA’s Comparative Politics Newsletter and has served on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and the Journal of Politics. More information can be found at his website and on his Google scholar profile.

 

Sona Golder

Sona N. Golder is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. She studies political institutions, with a particular interest in coalition formation. She is an editor for the British Journal of Political Science and APSA’s Comparative Politics Newsletter, an associate editor for Research & Politics, and serves on the editorial boards for the American Political Science ReviewPolitical Science Research and Methods, and Comparative Political Studies. She is also an editor for the new Oxford Politics of Institutions book series for Oxford University Press. In addition, she serves as a VIM mentor for female graduate students and junior faculty, and has served on the diversity committee for APSA’s Political Methodology Section. More information can be found at her website and on her Google scholar profile.

 

Graduate Students

Charles Crabtree

Charles is a graduate student at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on repression and discrimination in comparative, American, and international politics. Methodologically, he is interested in research design and experiments. His research has been published in political science journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral StudiesInternational Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Experimental Political SciencePolitical Research Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, Political Analysis, and Research & Politics, and in several other interdisciplinary, sociology, and psychology journals. More information can be found at his website and on his Google scholar profile.

 

Yaoyao Dai

Yaoyao is a graduate student at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on populism in authoritarian regimes, anti-corruption campaigns, and information manipulation (media, propaganda, and censorship), with a particular emphasis on China. Methodologically, she is interested in experiments, quantitative text analysis, and computational science. Her research has been published in the Journal of Chinese Academy of Governance. More information can be found at her website.

 

 

Kostanca Dhima

Kostanca is a graduate student at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on gender and politics, with a particular emphasis on women’s political representation in comparative perspective. Methodologically, she is interested in experiments and quantitative methods. She has lived and worked in Albania. More information can be found at her website.

 

 

 

jinhyuk Jinhyuk Jang

Jinhyuk is a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on political institutions, with a particular focus on government formation in Asian democracies. More information can be found at his website.

 

 

 

 

Alumni

Ben Ferland

Ben was a post-doctoral student in the CP Group. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on political representation and electoral systems, with a special interest in governments/parties and public responsiveness. His research has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, and the Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems. More information can be found on his Google scholar profile.

 

Margaret (Molly) Ariotti

Molly was a graduate student in the CP Group. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on political institutions in African democracies, with a particular emphasis on Francophone Africa. Molly has lived and worked in France, and conducted extensive field work in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso and Dakar in Senegal.  Her research has been published in Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, and on The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. More information can be found at her website and on her Google scholar profile.

 

Jennifer Heckman

Jen was an undergraduate student in the CP Group. As a CP Group member, she worked with Kostanca Dhima and Matt Golder on a project looking at women’s political representation in Africa. Jen completed her Bachelor’s degree at Pennsylvania State University in 2018 with a major in International Politics: National Security and minors in French Language and Security & Risk Analysis. After graduating, Jen started working for the US Department of Defense.

 

 

Christiana (Christy) Nisbet

Christy was an undergraduate student in the CP Group. As a CP Group member, she worked with Molly Ariotti and Sona Golder on a project looking at ministerial portfolio allocation in Africa.  Christy completed her Bachelor’s degree at Pennsylvania State University in 2017 with a major in Political Science and minors in Anthropology and French. After graduating, Christy started working for the US federal government.