Justin de Benedictis-Kessner


Justin de Benedictis-Kessner is a PhD candidate in American Politics with an interest in political behavior, public policy, urban politics, and methodology. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary in Virginia with a degree in Government and Psychology.

His dissertation research examines how citizens hold government accountable, and how both psychology and electoral institutions can subvert their ability to do so. He addresses this question by applying creative data on local politics. His other work examines the role of partisanship in municipal policymaking, statistical techniques for estimating racially polarized voting, partisan media polarization, political campaign strategies, and local political engagement.