Kevin Aslett

I am a Post-doctoral Associate at New York University in the Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) Lab. My fields of study are comparative politics, political economy, and methodology. My current research focuses on the effect of social media on political behavior (namely, social mobilization) and political economic development in emerging economies. I am also very interested in new methods in political science research, specifically the collection and analysis of large data sets. Currently, I utilize datasets from social media platforms (text and images), public procurement contracts, and patents. 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 enjoy camping, traveling, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.