About DPL

The Democracy and Polarization Lab studies modern-day challenges to democratic governance, diagnosing problems and testing potential solutions. How can we reduce polarization, improve the information environment, maintain the integrity of the electoral process, and foster democratic accountability?

Tackling these questions requires examining the interplay of voters and political actors. To do so, we leverage a wide array of administrative, electoral, and social media data on voters and politicians, allowing us to study the causal factors that improve or hamper the democratic process.

A central goal of the lab is training graduate students and helping them to build research profiles to address the emerging threats to democratic governance in the future. We support graduate students’ research with regular mentoring at weekly lab meetings, resources for data acquisition, and close collaborations.

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Co-Directors

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Justin Grimmer

Professor of Political Science

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Andrew B. Hall

Professor of Political Science

Grad Student Affiliates

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Alejandra Aldridge

5th year PhD Student

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Katie Clayton

3rd year PhD Student

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Sandy Handan-Nader

3rd year PhD Student

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Apoorva Lal

3nd year PhD Student

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Rachel Lienesch

4th year PhD Student

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William Marble

5th year PhD Student

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Toby Nowacki

3rd year PhD Student

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Matthew Tyler

4th year PhD Student

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Hanna Folsz

1st year PhD Student

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Jennifer Wu

1st year PhD Student

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Jesse Yoder

5th year PhD Student

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Chenoa Yorgason

2nd year PhD Student

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Haritz Garro

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Selina Hofstetter

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Fellows

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Andrew Myers

Research Fellow