StephanieChanI am a PhD Candidate in Princeton University's Department of Politics. I research immigrants' political participation to better understand the ways they participate and how they conceptualize political participation. My dissertation, "Creative Citizenship: The Impacts of Racialized incorporation on Political Participation" examines how immigrants' incorporation is influenced by the racial hierarchy. Using survey analysis, over 40 semi-structured interviews, and a novel survey experiment, I argue that as immigrants incorporate into the United States, the rates and forms of their political participation are shaped by their entry into the American racial hierarchy. To support this dissertation research, I have won funding from the Princeton Behavior Group, Princeton Research in Experimental Social Science (PRESS), and the Multicenter Dissertation Grant.


Other research interests include a wide variety of substantive areas and methods from legislative coalitions to public opinion on immigration and from text analysis to network analysis. "Perceived Local Population Dynamics and Immigration Policy Views", which I coauthor with Tanika Raychaudhuri and Ali Valenzuela, won the APSA Best Poster Award. I have presented at the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Political Networks Conference, Northeastern Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, and New England Political Science Association.


My teaching experience includes "Introduction to American Politics" as well as "Introduction to Quantitative Analysis". In addition to my research and teaching, I am a co-organizer of the Princeton Women in Political Science. Before coming to Princeton, I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Political Science in 2017. While at UMass Amherst, I also earned a Letter of Specialization in Data Analytics for Politics and Policy, and a Certificate in International Relations.


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