I am a doctoral candidate in Princeton University's Department of Politics and the joint degree program in Social Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. My research focuses on voter responses to diversity and migration in high-income democracies. I draw on insights from behavioral economics to develop theories of political conflict over ethnic identity and inequality, as well as test their implications using experimental and quasi-experimental approaches. My dissertation examines the unlikely role of altruism in popular anti-immigration preferences, and under what conditions voters would accept increasing immigration (see my job market paper). My work has been published in American Political Science Review and Conflict Management and Peace Science, supported by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and received an award from the World Association for Public Opinion Research.
I can be reached at akustov [at] princeton [dot] edu.