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Masha Krupenkin

Masha Krupenkin

Ph.D. Candidate


Masha Krupenkin is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on the influence of partisan polarization on real-world behaviors. She examines the ways in which partisanship influences Americans’ political participation, as well as a variety of non-political actions. In terms of participation, she investigates whether partisan animosity encourages voter turnout, campaign donations, and seeking information about candidates. For evidence of spillover into non-political domains, she documents the effect of partisanship on partisans' everyday decisions and experiences, including purchasing behavior (such as buying a car or house), seeking treatment for mental illness, and deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children.

Her work uses web-searching behavior to measure Americans' revealed preferences on issues such as the economy, mental health, and political participation. Using search data that has been matched to individual-level partisanship and ethnicity data, she has studied attitudes that suffer from severe social desirability bias (political participation, mental health), are subject to response error and partisan bias (perceptions of the economy), are rare outcomes and thus difficult to measure using surveys (political donations), or are highly time-dependent (campaign ad effects).

Krupenkin’s research has been featured in the New York Times and Politico. Before attending Stanford, she completed an A.B. in Molecular Biology at Princeton University (2014).