I am a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at Cornell University. My research focuses on political behavior, political economy and party politics, primarily in advanced industrialized democracies.
In my dissertation project, I examine subnational variation in the rise and popularity of populist radical right-wing (PRR) parties in Western democracies. Counterintuitively, and against both the popular narrative and prior research, PRR parties are often and increasingly stronger in areas seemingly removed from their electorates’ key concerns with immigration, de-industrialization and transnationalism. To explain this puzzle, I advance a novel theory of residential constraints and geographic immobility as central for understanding the counterintuitive subnational patterns of PRR voting. I argue that when citizens’ means of reacting to local conditions or “voting with their feet” are blocked, they are more likely to support PRR parties
To make this claim, my research uses mixed methods that combine longitudinal analyses of local-level administrative data, original surveys, and extensive qualitative fieldwork and participant observation in Finland and France. It has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Embassy of France in the United States, the Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation and the Cornell Institute for European Studies.
You can access my job market paper here.