Kevin Aslett

I am a Political Science Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington and Graduate Student Chair of the Severyns-Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics. My fields of study are comparative politics, political economy, and methodology. Prior to graduate school, I conducted research at the National Bank of Poland (NBP) in Warsaw on the consequences of the shock therapy economic transition in Poland. My current research focuses on the effect of social media on political behavior (namely, social mobilization), political economic development in emerging economies, and the political economy of monetary regimes. I am also very interested in new methods in political science research, specifically the collection and analysis of large data sets. Currently, I collect and analyze datasets from social media platforms (text and images) and public procurement contracts. You can track my code and find replication files on my Github. I have recently published articles in the peer-reviewed journals Economies and International Trade, Politics, and Development.  My dissertation focuses on the effect of transportation infrastructure on private firm innovation and support for populist policies in emerging economies. My research has been generously supported by the EU Center at the UW, Council for European Studies, U.S. Department of Education, and UW Polish Studies Endowment.

Outside of my academic commitments, I coach ice hockey for the Seattle Junior Hockey Association (SJHA). I also enjoy hiking, traveling, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.