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 alienation, contentious politics, and sexuality/LGBTQ politics. I received my BA in Political Science and Mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder.
My dissertation will use 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. I will first use interviews to explore how people define 'political', how they categorize their own participation, and how they think about different forms of participation from running for office to infrapolitics. Likewise, I will reexamine the conceptualization and measurement of political alienation based on how people think about power across settings and types of conflict. Lastly, I will test the findings from my qualitative work using a survey experiment.
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