Allison C. WhiteDoctoral Candidate, Department of Government
2013-2014 American Fellow of the American Association of University Women
Before moving to Austin to pursue doctoral research, I completed a BA in Politics at Occidental College and an MA in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Political Science at The University of Chicago. My fields of study are Comparative Politics and International Relations and my research has focused on political parties and elections to the State Duma in Russia.
My dissertation examines variation in opposition party electoral support in Russian parliamentary elections from the mid-1990s through 2011. In a series of statistical models, I leverage an original and unique dataset that combines county- and region-level data to shed light on how social and economic conditions influence voting patterns for various opposition parties. My multi-method research draws on in-depth interviews with Russian political party leaders, activists and observers conducted while on fieldwork during the 2011 Russian parliamentary elections. This research agenda has resulted in several working papers, which I have presented at the annual conferences of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association. Alongside dissertation-related research, I am currently working on two separate projects, the first of which examines the expansion of electoral fraud in Russia from the mid-1990s through 2011, the second exploring turnout patterns in parliamentary elections in counties and regions with abnormally low turnout to investigate whether low turnout areas are environments for fraud or a realm where opposition parties thrive.
While a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Austin, I have taught two semesters of Introduction to American Government. This experience has allowed me to hone my teaching skills and develop syllabi for courses outside of my primary fields of study. I have also been actively engaged in mentoring undergraduate and incoming graduate students in my department.
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