About Me

Kristin Bail

I am an assistant professor at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Broadly, my research integrates work from both American and comparative political behavior to develop a theory of how context is consequential for what people know about politics and the types of information citizens use to feel efficacious. In my dissertation/book project, I examine how variation in institutional and electoral design and issue salience shapes the way citizens in new democracies pursue and process information in ways that make sense for where they are. I am also interested in the role of identity in shaping information acquisition and processing. 



PhD in Political Science, May 2023

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

MA in Political Science

Western Illinois University

BA in Political Science and International Studies

Westminster College, MO