Jacob R. Brown

Jacob R. Brown

PhD Candidate in Government

Harvard University

Jacob R. Brown

I am a PhD Candidate in Government at Harvard University studying political behavior in American politics. In particular, I am interested in how political geography and group identity structure political behavior. My dissertation investigates the behavioral consequences of geographic partisan polarization: how living in increasingly homogeneous partisan neighborhoods makes voters more politically engaged, but also more partisan.

Works in Progress

  • Does Partisan Segregation Activate Partisanship?
  • The Causes and Extents of Partisan Segregation in the 21st Century. (with Enrico Cantoni, Ryan Enos, Vincent Pons, and Emilie Sartre).
  • Long-term Effects of Racial Diversity: Evidence from Linked Census and Survey Data. (with Ryan Enos, James Feigenbaum, Shom Mazumder, and Dominic Valentino).
  • The Homeless Voter: How Shelters Make Citizens. (with Michael Zoorob).
  • Priming versus Post-treatment Biases in Experimental Design. (with Matthew Blackwell, Sophie Hill, Kosuke Imai, and Teppei Yamamoto).
  • Capturing Sociopolitical Attitudes without Surveys and Measuring Political Polarization. (with Ryan Enos and Aaron Kaufman).
  • Predicting Subjective Perceptions of Neighborhoods. (with Kosuke Imai and Cory McCartan).
  • Using Public Video Feeds to Understand Social Distancing. (with Soubhik Barari, Bryce Dietrich, Ryan Enos, and Melissa Sands).