Political Science

Kasey Rhee

Expectations for Coethnic Representatives
2023-24 American Democracy Fellowship

Whose preferences do voters believe politicians are responsible for representing? Using a utility function that models psychological utility and corresponding survey experiment, I distinguish whether voters believe politicians are obligated to represent their geographical constituency or their descriptive constituency. My context of choice is race in the US: do Americans expect descriptive, coethnic representatives to deliver outcomes closer to their ideal point than non-coethnic representatives?

Who Is Most Committed to Attending Black Lives Matter Protests?
2022 Research Data Grant
White Liberal Enthusiasm for Appeals to Minorities
2021 American Democracy Fellowship