Ariel White

Ariel White

Assistant Professor of Political Science

American politics; political behavior; voting; race/ethnicity.


Ariel White is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT. She studies voting and voting rights, race, ethnicity, immigration policy, and the criminal justice system. Her work uses large datasets to measure individual-level experiences, and to shed light on people's everyday interactions with government. She received her PhD in Government from Harvard University, where she was a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy (at Harvard's Kennedy School) and a Radcliffe fellow. Her research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, and is forthcoming in Political Behavior and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.

Recent Publications

White, Ariel. 2016. “When Threat Mobilizes: Immigration Enforcement and Latino Voter Turnout”. Political Behavior 38 (2):355-382.
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Gay, Claudine, Jennifer Hochschild, and Ariel White. 2016. “Americans’ Belief in Linked Fate: Does the Measure Capture the Concept?”.  Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 1 (1) : 117-144.
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Faller, Julie, Noah Nathan, and Ariel White. 2015. “What Do I Need to Vote? Bureaucratic Discretion and Discrimination by Local Election Officials
Media: Washington Post's Monkey Cage, NPR's The Takeaway, and The Atlantic's Citylab 
Also: cited in expert testimony
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Electing to vote or not

Sarah C. Baldwin

Ariel White: Understanding how government, policies, and people affect voting behavior