Memo Authors

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Alexandra Bass

Alexandra Bass is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are identity politics and political psychology in the US context. Her current research projects investigate the intersection of politics and consumer behavior, as well as the effects of political identity on perceptions of environmental issues and climate change.


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Jamila Celestine Michener

Jamila Celestine Michener is a PhD candidate in the Political Science department at the University of Chicago. Originally from Queens, NY, she received her B.A. in politics from Princeton University. Her research interests center broadly on race and class in American politics and her dissertation explores the dynamics of political participation and mobilization in economically disadvantaged populations.

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Claire McKinney

Claire McKinney is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. Claire’s work is in the field of political theory, where she specializes in notions of identity and democratic participation. Her current work investigates how scientific knowledge and practices mediate democratic communication and political identity formation and how science studies could enrich an understanding of alternative forms of political action.

Jon C. Rogowski

Jon C. Rogowski is a graduate student in political science at the University of Chicago, where he studies American politics and political methodology. Broadly speaking, his substantive interests include campaigns and elections, the presidency, and representation. Jon is currently developing a dissertation project that examines how democratic institutions affect the quality of the choices citizens face and identifies the behavioral consequences of such institutions. He is also the co-author of a book project that explains patterns of congressional accommodation to the president during wartime. Other current research projects assess the causal impact of candidate positioning in U.S. House elections, propose a theory of survey response, examine the role of issues and ideology in House and Senate races, explain and identify the consequences of ideological constraint in candidate platforms, and evaluate the consequences of social relationships for legislative organization and behavior.

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Claudia Sandoval

Claudia Sandoval is a PhD student in the Political Science department. Her interests center around multiracial alliances. More specifically, she is interested in analyzing social and political relations between African Americans and Latinos.





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