Faculty Coordinators

LaFleur Stephens-Dougan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.  Her research interests include public opinion, racial attitudes and voting behavior. LaFleur is currently working on her book project, which is tentatively titled, “Race-ing for Votes: How Candidates Use Racial Appeals to Win Elections in Majority White Jurisdictions.”  She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation’s Time-Sharing in Experimental Social Sciences Research Grant, as well as a grant from the Center for the Study of Public Policy in Diverse Societies.  Her dissertation, “The Effectiveness of Implicit and Explicit Racial Appeals in a ‘Post-racial’ America”” was awarded the 2014 Best Dissertation Award in Race and Ethnic Politics from the American Political Science Association.


Ali Valenzuela, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Politics Department and Program in Latino Studies at Princeton University, and is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the Politics Research in Experimental Social Sciences working group. He is a past recipient of a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and his teaching and research are on U.S. politics with a focus on Latino political behavior, public opinion and voter turnout; experimental methods; and religion in politics. His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and other peer-reviewed outlets. Professor Valenzuela earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.



Omar Wasow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton. He received a PhD in African American Studies, an MA in Government and an MA in Statistics from Harvard University. Previously, Omar co-founded and the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School.





Student Consultants

Tanika RaychaudhuriTanika Raychaudhuri is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, specializing in American politics. Her research interests include political behavior, race and ethnicity, economic inequality, partisanship, and political representation. Her dissertation, entitled "The New Democrats: On the Social Roots of Asian American Partisan Political Behavior," explores why Asian Americans, a group with some Republican predispositions, votes against those predispositions, for Democrats in national elections. This research tests existing theories and develops a new theory of social transmission, grounded in peer influence within local social contexts. The empirical analyses draw on data from qualitative interviews, national surveys, a large longitudinal survey of college students, and an original experiment. She is also working on several collaborative research projects, on topics such as income inequality and the college experience and Puerto Rican political mobilization. Prior to arriving at Princeton, she graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2014, with highest honors and highest distinction.


Elsa Voytas is a 3rd year PhD student at Princeton University. Elsa studies comparative politics. She researches conflict resolution and transitional justice, focusing on the effects of different policies in Africa and Latin America. With regard to experimental research, Elsa has conducted field and list experiments using Qualtrics offline and Survey to Go in Ghana and Chile. Previously, Elsa worked as a consultant with the federal government at Booz Allen Hamilton and as an editor at 730DC.



Student Coordinators

Stephanie ChanStephanie Chan is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. She works in American politics, and more particularly in the areas of political participation, identity politics, and political psychology. Her more specific focus is on how immigrants and their descendants participate and the motivators for their civic engagement.


Derek Wakefield

Derek Wakefield is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He works in American politics and political behavior with a specific interest in identity politics, Latino politics, and experimental methods. Currently, he is developing a conjoint experiment to test the interactive effects of coethnicity and partisanship on vote choice and candidate preference. Long term, he is interested in studying the process of politicization that make particular identities politically salient both among individuals and within political discourses.