Biography

Leah is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2018. At MIT, she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a member of the Political Methodology Lab and MIT GOV/LAB. Before coming to MIT, Leah graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Government and African Studies. She also worked as the program manager on a country-wide development project in Nigeria.

Leah's research centers on topics in comparative politics and the political economy of development. She focuses on the micro-foundations of political behavior to gain leverage on macro-political questions. How do autocrats survive? How can government accountability be strengthened in non-democracies? Can shared identities mitigate out-group animosity? Adopting a multi-method approach, Leah uses lab-in-the-field and online experiments, surveys, and in-depth field research to examine these questions in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current book project reexamines the role of elections in authoritarian endurance and explains why citizens vote in elections with foregone conclusions in Tanzania and Uganda. Moving beyond conventional paradigms, her theory describes how a social norm of voting and accompanying social sanctions from peers contribute to high turnout in semi-authoritarian elections. In other ongoing projects, Leah studies how national and pan-African identification stimulated through national sports games influence attitudes toward refugees, the relationship between identity, emotions, and fake news consumption, and how researchers can use Facebook as a tool for social science research.

Papers

Berinsky, Adam J., Tesalia Rizzo, Leah R. Rosenzweig, and Elisha Heaps. "Attribute Affinity: US Natives’ Attitudes Toward Immigrants.Political Behavior (2018).

Grossman, Shelby, Jonathan Phillips and Leah R. Rosenzweig. "Opportunistic Accountability: State-Society Bargaining Over Shared Interests." Comparative Political Studies (2017).

Meyer, Alexander and Leah R. Rosenzweig. "Conjoint Analysis Tools for Developing Country Contexts." The Political Methodologist (2016).

Biography

Leah is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2018. At MIT, she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a member of the Political Methodology Lab and MIT GOV/LAB. Before coming to MIT, Leah graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Government and African Studies. She also worked as the program manager on a country-wide development project in Nigeria.

Leah's research centers on topics in comparative politics and the political economy of development. She focuses on the micro-foundations of political behavior to gain leverage on macro-political questions. How do autocrats survive? How can government accountability be strengthened in non-democracies? Can shared identities mitigate out-group animosity? Adopting a multi-method approach, Leah uses lab-in-the-field and online experiments, surveys, and in-depth field research to examine these questions in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current book project reexamines the role of elections in authoritarian endurance and explains why citizens vote in elections with foregone conclusions in Tanzania and Uganda. Moving beyond conventional paradigms, her theory describes how a social norm of voting and accompanying social sanctions from peers contribute to high turnout in semi-authoritarian elections. In other ongoing projects, Leah studies how national and pan-African identification stimulated through national sports games influence attitudes toward refugees, the relationship between identity, emotions, and fake news consumption, and how researchers can use Facebook as a tool for social science research.

Papers

Berinsky, Adam J., Tesalia Rizzo, Leah R. Rosenzweig, and Elisha Heaps. "Attribute Affinity: US Natives’ Attitudes Toward Immigrants.Political Behavior (2018).

Grossman, Shelby, Jonathan Phillips and Leah R. Rosenzweig. "Opportunistic Accountability: State-Society Bargaining Over Shared Interests." Comparative Political Studies (2017).

Meyer, Alexander and Leah R. Rosenzweig. "Conjoint Analysis Tools for Developing Country Contexts." The Political Methodologist (2016).