— MA, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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My dissertation examines citizenship acquisition in Western Europe. Who naturalizes, and under what conditions? I answer this question by examining the divergent socioeconomic conditions that encourage or discourage immigrant interest in naturalization and the shifting electoral incentives of political actors to confer citizenship.The project compares these conditions across nine Western European countries and three decades, with additional subnational analyses conducted among the German and Austrian Länder. It also casts new light on the relationship between naturalization and its effects on immigrant integration. Other ongoing work includes a formalized examination of the electoral motivations behind citizenship policy change as well as a model for explaining immigrant integration.