I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton specializing in American Politics and Quantitative Methods. My research primarily focuses on attitudes and measurement, contentious politics, gender, and sexuality/LGBTQ politics. I received my BA in Political Science and Mathematics from 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. These interviews explore how people conceptualize politics and power and resist their marginalization. I then develop an alternative to political efficacy to measure perceptions of power and test the relationship between alienation and participation in a large-N setting.
I am also a co-founder of Pride Politics, a group to support LGBTQ community and research in the Department of Politics at Princeton.
rwbell at princeton dot edu