William Marble is a Ph.D. Candidate in American politics and political methodology at Stanford University. His work investigates how economic and social context influence political attitudes, campaigns, and behavior. Using administrative data, surveys, and social media data — along with modern causal inference methods and rigorous descriptive methods — his research generates new insights about the forces that shape modern politics.
Will’s primary research agenda explores the interplay between two important trends in contemporary American society: nationalization of politics and divergence of economic opportunity across regions. With this backdrop, his work seeks to answer two overarching questions. First, does political nationalization hinder political responsiveness to local economic conditions? Second, how does local politics influence the geography of opportunity? Broadly, he shows how economic geography acts as a limitation on the nationalization of politics.