My research focuses on voter response to ethnoracial diversity and immigration in advanced democracies. I draw on insights from behavioral economics and psychology to develop theoretical accounts of political conflict over ethnoracial identity and inequality, as well as test their implications using experiments and observational data. My dissertation examines the unlikely role of altruism in popular support for harsh restrictions on migration. 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.