Political Science

The Political Science Department Welcomes Three New Faculty

The Political Science Department welcomes three new members to our community who will join us officially on July 1st. Meet Aditi Sahasrabuddhe, Deva Woodly, and Marques Zárate.

Aditi Sahasrabuddhe joins us from Wellesley College as Assistant Professor. Her research examines international political economy with a focus on global governance, the politics of international finance, central banking, and international cooperation. Her current book project explains why central banks choose to arrange and deploy swap lines in some crises and not others, as well as the variation between those countries that do and do not receive liquidity assistance through swaps within specific crises. She is also researching questions of legitimacy and popular trust in central banks, the domestic determinants of liquidity assurance policies and swap requests, the security foundations of international currencies, and the effects of trust in monetary governance and currency systems. Her work has been published in the Review of International Political Economy. Her writing has also appeared in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage and the Jain Family Institute’s Phenomenal World blog.

Deva Woodly joins the Department from the New School as Professor. She is the author of Reckoning: Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements (Oxford 2021) and The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance (Oxford 2015). She has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as well as the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. Her research covers a variety of topics, from media and communication to political understandings of economics, to race and imagination, and social movements. In each case, she focuses on the impacts of public discourse on the political meanings of social and economic issues as well as how those common understandings change democratic practice and public policy. Her work centers the perspective of ordinary citizens and political challengers with an eye toward how the demos impacts political action and shapes political possibilities.

Marques Zárate joins us from Rice University as an Assistant Professor.  His research lies on the intersection of racial and ethnic politics and political behavior. Much of his work focuses on how voters choose candidates. Given that voters cannot know for certain whether a politician will represent their interests once in office, his research asks what information about a politician (and their appeal) voters rely on to determine whether a politician will represent their interests or is simply pandering. For example, in one line of research, he examines how Hispanics use variation in the accent and quality of candidates’ Spanish-language appeals to judge the ability and willingness of that candidate to represent Hispanic voters. His research is forthcoming in American Political Science Review and is invited for consideration in a special issue of Political Communication.