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Kristin Michelitch

Assistant Professor

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 between elections (e.g. healthcare, education); and (3) discovering obstacles and evaluating solutions to gender inequalities (e.g., through empowerment in the media).  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.

Representative publications

  • Michelitch, Kristin. 2015. Does Electoral Competition Exacerbate Interethnic or Interpartisan Economic Discrimination? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Market Price Bargaining. American Political Science Review 109(1) 43-61.
  • Grossman, Guy and Kristin Michelitch. 2018. Information Dissemination, Competitive Pressure, and Politician Performance between Elections: A Field Experiment in Uganda. American Political Science Review (forthcoming)
  • Bleck, Jaimie and Kristin Michelitch. 2017. Capturing the Airwaves, Capturing the Nation? A Field Experiment on State-Run Media Effects in the Wake of the Malian Coup. Journal of Politics 79(3) 873-889.
  • Michelitch, Kristin and Stephen Utych. 2018. Electoral Cycle Fluctuations in Partisanship: Global Evidence from 86 Countries. Journal of Politics (forthcoming)
  • Grossman, Guy, Kristin Michelitch, and Marta Santamaria Monturiol. 2017. Texting Complaints to Politicians: Name Personalization and Politicians' Encouragement in Citizen Mobilization. Comparative Political Studies 50(10) 1325-1357.
  • Bleck, Jaimie and Kristin Michelitch. 2015. The 2012 Crisis in Mali: Ongoing Empirical State Failure. African Affairs. 114: 598-623.
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