Political Economy of Development, Political Behavior, Experimental Methods, Public Policy, African Politics
Littlejohn Faculty Fellow
Kristin Michelitch is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She earned her PhD from New York University in 2013, specializing in comparative politics and experimental methods. Her research interests center around discovering major catalysts that improve or stymy the quality of democratic processes and the pace of socioeconomic progress, paying close attention to inequalities on the basis of gender, ethnicity, and partisanship. She is currently active in three distinct but related research agendas: (1) examining the effect of major political upheaval (e.g. elections, state breakdown) on citizens' political and economic behavior, attitudes, and identity; (2) investigating and addressing barriers to politicians' representation and political accountability for public service delivery (e.g. healthcare, education); and (3) discovering obstacles and evaluating solutions to gender inequalities. By evaluating policy interventions through field experiments in much of her scholarship, she seeks to advance our knowledge of political science and help policy-makers learn which programs are most effective in improving the wellbeing of citizens.