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  • Stephanie Nail

    Stephanie Nail

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

    BioI am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University working with Douglas Rivers, Morris Fiorina, and David Brady. I obtained a PhD in Political Science in July 2019 from the University of California, Merced. I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Mathematics) and Managerial Economics with a minor in Statistics from the University of California, Davis in 2014.

    I study how people use information to make decisions with methodology ranging from experimental studies and instrumental variables to spatial models and new measures. My current methodological interests include experiments, survey sampling, design, and analysis, Bayesian statistical inference, mathematical statistics, causal inference, and behavioral game theory. Substantively, my current interests include the study of information, party identification, polarization, judgement and decision-making, political behavior, and legislative politics.

    At the undergraduate level, I have taught "Introduction to Judgment and Decision Making," an upper-division course that incorporates the foundations of information processing and biases while applying them to real life situations in political science, cognitive science, economics, and management.