What can leaders do to reduce ethnic tensions and foster ethnic tolerance?
How do diverse elites interact with one another? Does a diverse elite provoke intra-elite intolerance? Can interethnic contact between elites moderate this effect? Does interethnic contact make elites more sympathetic to minority targeted policies?
Do citizens respond to ethnic representation in the executive by increasing approval for the government? Do other factors like partisan alignment or political position impact perceptions about ethnic representation? Is there a backlash to ethnic representation among majority citizens?
Are citizens willing to engage in collective action to promote representation of their ethnic group? Do citizen preferences for descriptive and/or substantive representation condition collective action willingness?
How can ethnic representation be conceptualized? What counts as a salient ethnic group? How can ethnic diversity in the executive be measured?
Biases in Media Reporting
Do newspapers accurately report collective action incidents? Are newspaper biases comparable to biases in official data? Can reporting bias be solved by increasing the number of newspapers used to collect data?
Do newspaper target audiences impact collective action incident reporting? Does newspaper targeting lead to differences in tone, content, or the collective action events reported?
When can newspapers be used to study public discourse?
Can media source be attributed based on the language of media reporting? Are biases perceived in different language media irrespective of content?
Collective Action and Terrorism
Is Muslim radicalization a byproduct of low socioeconomic status or identity threat?
Are elected and unelected officials differentially responsive to terrorist attacks?
Do ethnic party bans increase terrorist attacks and riots?
When do leaders of competitive authoritarian countries choose to democratize their electoral systems? Does this democratization actual signal democratic reform or is it a pooling equilibrium?
When are valence issues important to voters in competitive authoritarian regimes?
Do wealthy regions actively attempt to become more autonomous in order to keep resources for themselves?
What impact does tourism, particularly small regional airport infrastructure, have on regional government demands for decentralization?
How does the public talk about autonomous regions compared to de facto states?
Eastern Europe: particularly Bosnia and North Macedonia.
Central Asia: particularly Kyrgyzatan and Kazakhstan.