Research Projects

My research has so far focused on two main issues: electoral politics and intergroup relations. I'm currently working on bringing together these two lines of research by comparatively examining intergroup relations across partisans---that is, variations in affective polarization (dislike of partisan opponents) across Western democracies.

My work on electoral politics focuses on the transformation of right-wing politics in general and the populist right in particular. As part of this research, I examined the strategic dilemmas, constraints and opportunities of center-right parties in advanced democracies. Focusing on the populist right, I explored the role of social status in driving support for populist radical parties.

My research on intergroup relations examines the determinants of inter-group cooperation and discrimination in Israeli society using experimental data. This work explored social tensions between Ultra-Orthodox and secular Jews, as well as between Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel. I also investigated the implications of majority nationalism laws (laws that are intended to defend majority culture) on intergroup relations in Israel.

Bringing together these two lines of research, I have begun to examine comparatively intergroup relations across partisans. Building on research in American politics, this project explores over-time and cross-national variations in affective polarization (dislike of partisan opponents). A working paper from this project received the Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for best paper in comparative politics, Midwest Political Science Association, 2019, and was later expanded into a short book published in Cambridge University press.