About Me

Kristin Bail

I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Broadly, my dissertation 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.


  • Political behavior

  • Political psychology

  • Citizen competence

  • Identity politics


PhD in Political Science, expected May 2023

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

MA in Political Science, 2016

Western Illinois University

BA in Political Science and International Studies, 2011

Westminster College, MO