Alauna Safarpour is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. Her research areas of interest include race and ethnic politics, public opinion, participation and gender politics. Alauna is currently a public opinion fellow at The Washington Post.
Alauna obtained her B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2013. She obtained a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Duke University in 2014, a Masters in Political Science from American University in 2015, and a Masters in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 2019. Alauna was also a 2019 participant in the Zürich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland (UZH).
Alauna's dissertation entitled "Taking Perspective: Prejudice Reduction and Political Attitudes" develops a theory of how to reduce anti-Black prejudice and the impact of doing so on American political attitudes. Using experimental methods, the project evaluates the efficacy of original interventions to reduce anti-Black prejudice and the consequences on policy preferences and evaluations of candidates, among other outcomes. The method of prejudice reduction draws on research from psychology and cognitive neuroscience and is deployed entirely online.
Areas of Interest
- Race and Ethnic Politics
- Public Opinion
- Survey Methodology
- Gender and Politics
2020-09-01American Political Science Association Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
2020-07-22Graduate Student Award. Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland.
2020-03-30Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship
2020-01-01Public Opinion Polling Fellowship- The Washington Post
2020-01-01The Roger H. Davidson Award (Best Paper in American Politics, 2019-2020). Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland.
2019-01-01Summer School Fellowship. Department of Political Science (IPZ), University of Zürich (UZH), Switzerland.
2019-01-01Dean’s Research Initiative. College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland.
2019-01-01Summer Research Fellowship. The Graduate School, University of Maryland.
2018-01-01Jean Elizabeth Spencer Award. Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland.
2019-01-01BSOS College Award. College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland.
2018-01-01BSOS College Award. College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland.
2019-01-01Dean’s Fellowship. The Graduate School, University of Maryland.
2017-01-01Dean’s Fellowship. The Graduate School, University of Maryland.
“The Impact of Perspective Taking on Prejudice Reduction and Political Attitudes.” Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2019.
“A Field Experiment to Examine States’ Efforts to Increase Registration & Turnout.” With Lisa A. Bryant, Michael J. Hanmer, and Jared A. McDonald. Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018
- Bryant, Lisa A., Michael J. Hanmer, Alauna C. Safarpour, and Jared McDonald. 2020. “The Power of the State: How Postcards from the State Increased Registration and Turnout in Pennsylvania.” Political Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11109-020-09625-2
- Lenny Bernstein and Alauna Safarpour. “Mask shortage for most health-care workers extended into May, Post-Ipsos poll shows.” May 20, 2020. The Washington Post.
- Timberg, Craig, Drew Harwell, and Alauna Safarpour. “Most Americans are not willing or able to use an app tracking coronavirus infections. That’s a problem for Big Tech’s plan to slow the pandemic.” April 29, 2020. The Washington Post.
- American Politics