How do governments, institutions, and citizens come to view the “other?” In what ways can we detect bias and discrimination with respect to particular ethnic and racial groups? Relatedly, what can institutions do to try to address discriminatory legacies through explicit forms of inclusion, and with what consequences?

Current projects

Ariel White (with co-authors Bocar Ba, Jacob Kaplan, and Jonathan Mummolo) uses a database of social media posts by police officers to see whether racist or violent behavior online is predictive of officers’ on-the-job behavior (as measured through public complaints and disciplinary records).


White, Ariel. 2016. “When Threat Mobilizes: Immigration Enforcement and Latino Voter Turnout”. Political Behavior 38 (2): 355-382.

Dunham, Yarrow, Evan Lieberman and Steven Snell. 2016. Does Stigmatized Social Risk Lead to Denialism? Results from a Survey Experiment on Race, Risk Perception, and Health Policy in the United States.”  PloS One 11(3): e0147219.

Charnysh, Volha. 2015. “Historical Legacies of Interethnic Competition: Anti-Semitism and the EU Referendum in Poland.”Comparative Political Studies 48 (13): 1711-1745.

Faller, Julie, Noah Nathan, and Ariel White. 2015. “What Do I Need to Vote? Bureaucratic Discretion and Discrimination by Local Election Officials.” American Political Science Review 109 (1): 129-142

Alexander, Marcus and Christia, Fotini. 2013. “Context Modularity of Human Altruism,”Science. 334 (6061): 1392-1394.

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