Research

My current research projects include:

  • Gender, race, and professional advancement in STEM. The ADVANCE at UNM program funded by NSF involves a research component on whether Dobbin and Kalev’s “managerial engagement” model of diversity promotion works in the university context. Kathleen Thelen and Alvin Tillery and I put these ideas into practice at the 2018 APSA Hackathon.  Yusaku Horiuchi, John Carey and I (with others) studied faculty hiring preferences using conjoint analysis, and found that faculty at UNM and UNR are 11 to 21 percentage points more likely to prefer a job candidate who identifies as Native American, Hispanic-Latino, or African-American. Michael Chwe and I (with others) wrote a paper about the biases of Google Scholar and other citation counts. With Nadia Brown, Yusaku Horiuchi, and David Samuels, I surveyed political scientists about their perceptions of leading disciplinary journals and wrote an article for PS that probed reasons for publication gaps.
  • Sexual, gender, racial, and other forms of harassment. Following a three-year agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, UNM agreed to adopt numerous reforms, including mandatory, in-person sexual misconduct training of all 27,000 students. Through field experiments, participant observation, and interviews, this project explores the effects of the agreement, and the training, on campus climate and attitudes. Collaborators include Francesca Jensenius (Oslo, Political Science), Justine Tinkler (Georgia, Sociology), Carlos Contreras (UNM Political Science), and Melanie Sonntag (UNM Political Science). This project received a seed grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research. Then, I collaborated with Ryan Jacobson, Chuck Fleddermann, Justine Tinkler, and Sharyn Potter on a proposal to change institutional climates in engineering in order to broaden the participation of women and underrepresented minorities. We propose to engage faculty to deliver bystander intervention training as part of the engineering curriculum on two campuses. In addition, we proposed six lab experiments to test how varying descriptive norms and the social identity of the normative messenger shapes behavioral intensions and climate perceptions.
  • Laws and women’s economic agency. Francesca Jensenius and I are studying the relationship between legal frameworks, social norms, and women’s agency across the world. We focus in depth on experiences of the U.S., Japan, and Norway to explore differences in what empowerment means, the role of the state in promoting it, and the effects of state action on society. With Melanie Sayuri Sonntag, we have conducted research on men’s liberation and women’s agency in Japan. With Liv Tønnessen, we organized a special issue for Social Politics. This project received support from the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and a grant from the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Can the state end violence against women? Jensenius and I explore the effects of Mexico’s Law to Guarantee a Life Free from Violence on social norms and practices. Though analysis of four waves of the official survey on Dynamics of Household Relations (ENDIREH), we find evidence consistent with a change in social norms surrounding intimate partner violence. In addition, we have a forthcoming paper in Daedalus about global legal approaches to violence against women, strategies to promote greater alignment between social norms and egalitarian laws, and the risks of excessive state intervention to end gender violence.
  • Laws, Norms, and Gender Equality in Myanmar. Using survey data and interviews in the field, Jensenius and I explore the resilience of traditional attitudes about gender and how the political transition created opportunities for both gender equality advocates and their opponents to mobilize and exert influence on elected politicians.
  • Diversity and inclusion in political science. The APSA Task Force involves research projects on publications, a cohort study, a mentoring intervention, and inclusion and outreach. We conducted a survey of APSA members on their views toward top journals in the profession to explore differences by gender, race, and method.