Emily Anne West

  • Assistant Professor

I study the democratic implications of identity, with an emphasis on understanding the psychological mechanisms driving both voter and elite behavior. Broadly speaking, I study how political representation along identity lines affects behavior and attitudes, as well as the causes and consequences of discrimination and bias. In published and working papers, I study the way that identities affect important political and economic outcomes, such as democratic legitimacy, ethnic conflict, discrimination-based welfare deficits, polarization, the dynamics of policymaking, labor market participation, and vote-choice. My work is published in The Journal of Politics, Political Science Research and Methods, and Political Behavior.


PS 1233 Political Psychology

PS 1281 American Capstone: Identity in American Politics

PS 2230 Political Psychology

PS 1204 Women in Politics

Education & Training

  • PhD, New York University, 2017

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