Ethnic Representation

  • 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?

Competitive Authoritarianism

  • 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?

Regional Autonomy

  • 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?

Area Specialization

  • Eastern Europe: particularly Bosnia and North Macedonia.
  • Central Asia: particularly Kyrgyzatan and Kazakhstan.
  • Caucasus: particularly Georgia.
  • India