I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton specializing in American Politics and Quantitative Methods. Within American politics, my research primarily focuses on attitudes and measurement, contentious politics, , gender, and sexuality/LGBTQ politics. I received my BA in Political Science and Mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder.
In my dissertation, I use semi-structured interviews with members of the LGBTQ community to explore the relationship between alienation and political participation within a classed, raced, and gendered social context. I use these interviews to develop a new way to measure perceptions of power and validate the measure in a large-N setting. My semi-structured interviews explore how people define 'political', participate in different ways, think about power, and contest their marginalization.
I am also a co-founder of Pride Politics, a group to support LGBTQ community and research in the Department of Politics.
rwbell at princeton dot edu