Faculty Coordinators

LaFleur Stephens-Dougan (on-leave AY 2017-2018) 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 Assistant Professor in the Politics Department and Program in Latino Studies at Princeton University, and affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the Politics Research in Experimental Social Sciences working group. He is 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

andrewAndrew Proctor is a fourth-year PhD candidate In American Politics with a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. He studies identity politics, political parties and behavior with a focus on LGBT political identity. His dissertation examines the relationship between LGBT political identities and group mobilization for political parties. He has experience with survey experiments, conjoint research designs, and audit experiments. Additionally, Andrew is working on collaborative projects on campaign rhetoric and same-sex marriage, Puerto Rican political participation, and bureaucratic responsiveness to LGBT Americans.


Tanika Raychaudhuri is a fourth-year PhD candidate at Princeton University, specializing in American Politics. Her research interests include political behavior, identity politics, and minority politics. Her dissertation work considers how social networks and contexts influence the ways that Asian American immigrants are socialized into the American political system. In addition, she is working on collaborative research projects about income inequality and the college experience, and Puerto Rican political participation. 


Student Coordinators

Stephanie 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.  In particular, she focuses on motivators of immigrants' political participation and the ways in which participation is informed by individuals' relationship with the government. 


jose José María Rodríguez-Valadez is a third year student in Comparative Politics. He studies the political economy of development with a focus on redistribution, spatial inequalities in both access to public goods and services and its impact on developmental outcomes, with a regional interest in Latin America. José María worked for the Mexican federal government as a public policy advisor in the fields of health economics and public health. 





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.