American Politics Workshop with Ryan Enos
DateMay 18, 2015
4357 Bunche Hall
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Presenter:Ryan Enos, Harvard UniversityTitle: “How and Why Segregation Affects Political Behavior”Abstract:A broad literature demonstrates, both cross-nationally and within the United States, that intergroup residential segregation is correlated with poorly functioning states and civil societies. Recent research also connects segregation to individual voting behavior and political attitudes. I take up the question of why segregation affects political outcomes. Drawing on research in political science and cognitive and evolutionary psychology, I develop a theory of the relationship between space, intergroup attitudes, and political behavior, with a special emphasis on segregation. Then, using a series of experiments involving thousands of subjects, I directly manipulate spatial segregation and demonstrate that segregation affects human perception, prejudicial attitudes towards other groups, and even the tendency to show bias in costly decision-making.About the Speaker:Ryan Enos (Ph.D. 2010, UCLA) is Assistant Professor of Government and a faculty associate in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard. He studies political behavior and intergroup attitudes through laboratory and field experiments and other methods. Prof. Enos directs the Working Group in Political Psychology, an interdisciplinary forum for research on the microfoundations of citizen and elite behavior, and the Harvard Digital Lab for the Social Sciences. His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Journal of Political Science, in addition to other outlets, and has been covered in major media outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He also earned his MA in political science from UCLA. Before entering academia, he was a teacher at Paul Robeson High School in Chicago.
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