Young Assesses Anger Inspired by Mexican Cartels [Video]

On November 2, 2017, Assistant Professor of Political Science Lauren Young presented a talk entitled "Anger and Support for Punitive Justice in Mexico's Drug War". Watch the video here.

Lauren E. Young received her PhD in political science with distinction from Columbia University and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford and a Non-Resident Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD).

Her research aims to understand how individuals make decisions when faced with the threat of violence. Her book project investigates how citizens make decisions about participation in pro-democracy dissent in autocratic regimes. She argues that emotions shape perceptions of risks and risk aversion, and can therefore be used by elites to mobilize or demobilize civilians. She tests this theory in Zimbabwe using a mix of field experiments, lab-in-the-field experiments, quantitative analysis of historical trends, and in-depth qualitative interviews. In addition to her research on Zimbabwe, she has ongoing research projects in Eastern Europe, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, and the US that explore how violence and other forms of coercion affect political and economic decision-making.

Dr. Young’s research has been funded by the National Science FoundationUnited States Institute for Peace, and CEPR-DfID’s Public Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) initiative, among others. It has been published in the Annual Review of Political Science and the Journal of Peace Research, and has been written up in the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog and the IPI Global Observatory.