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 how people define politics and understand power, contentious politics, and sexuality/LGBTQ politics. I received my BA in Political Science and Mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder.
My dissertation will uses qualitative and quantitative methods with the LGBTQ community as a case study to explore the relationship between alienation and political participation within a classed, raced, and gendered social context. My semi-structured interviews explore how people define 'political', participate in different ways, and think about power and contest their marginalization. I will use these interviews to develop a measure of individuals' perceptions of their power and ensure that our study of political participation corresponds to how those we study think about politics.
I am also a cofounder of Pride Politics, a group to support LGBTQ community and research in the Department of Politics.
rwbell at princeton dot edu