Identities and Attitudes

As societies grow increasingly diverse, identities can become salient reminders of group differences, potentially prompting hostile attitudes in response. By studying the formation of identity and its downstream effects, we hope to clarify the relationship between the two. Our work examines identity and attitude formation around the globe.

Current projects

Along with co-author Andrew Miller, Evan Lieberman is studying whether online newspapers promote or undermine nation-building in divided societies. Editorial decisions to reference specific, subnational ethnic groups can serve as consequential reminders of relevant social categories. Using evidence from Africa, the authors find that the use of some ethnic categories in headlines is associated with a significant increase in the probability of at least one reader making an ethnic-based comment.

Published work

Christia, Fotini, Dekeyser, Elizabeth, and Knox, Dean. Forthcoming. “Piety and Religious Communalism among Shiites in Iraq and Iran,” forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies, eds. Melani Cammett and Pauline Jones, Oxford University Press.

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.

Charnysh, Volha, Lucas, Christopher, and Singh, Prerna. 2015. “The Ties that Bind: National Identity Salience and Pro-Social Behavior.” Comparative Political Studies 48 (3): 267-300.

Lieberman, Evan and McClendon, Gwyneth. 2013. “The Ethnicity-Policy Preference Link in sub-Saharan Africa.” Comparative Political Studies 46 (5): 574-602.

Lieberman, Evan, and Singh, Prerna. 2012. “Conceptualizing and Measuring Ethnic Politics: An Institutional Complement to Demographic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Approaches.Studies in Comparative International Development (v47, n2): 255-86.

Nobles, Melissa. 2005. “The Myth of Latin American Multiracialism,” Daedalus, 82-87.

Nobles, Melissa. 2002. “Lessons from Brazil: The Ideational and Political Dimensions of Multiraciality,” in The New Race Question: How the Census Counts Multiracial Individuals, ed. Joel Perlmann and Mary Waters. Russell Sage Foundation press.

Nobles, Melissa. 2000. Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern PoliticsStanford University Press.