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

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 PhD Candidate 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 work has been presented at the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and the Southern Political Science Association among others. She is coauthor of the "Voting and Political Participation" chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks (2017).  


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.