Julia Albarracin, Nathan Munier, and Kristin Bail. 2017. "Do Independent Women Participate in Demonstrations More? Empowerment and Politics in Predicting Activism Among Mexican Women." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739986317717719
The influence of Latinos on all aspects of the American political landscape has increased dramatically in recent years. However, research on political participation among Latinas has been scarce. This study examined the factors influencing participation in protests, a type of nonelectoral political behavior, among Mexican women. This research was based on surveys with 290 Mexican women from the Chicago area and explored the role of their levels of economic, social, and household empowerment in explaining participation in protests. After controlling for a number of demographic and political factors, it was found that women with higher levels of social and household empowerment were more likely to participate in protests. More specifically, women who did not need permission from their husbands to leave their house and those who had fewer domestic chores were more active in protests.
"The Mitigating Effect of Diversity on Economic Voting: A Cross-National Multilevel Analysis" with Sarah Leffingwell.
Work on economic voting examines how individuals’ economic evaluations impact the likelihood of voting for the incumbent. However, many of these studies overlook the context surrounding these assessments, including the role of ethnicity in shaping political behavior. In this research note, we theorize that when social networks are formed along ethnic lines, high ethnic fractionalization will mitigate economic voting because voters will prioritize ethnic considerations over the economy. We test for mitigation of economic voting in the presence of ethnic fractionalization using survey data from the Americas, Latino, and Africa barometers, incorporating a measure of national ethnic fractionalization. We find evidence supporting our theoretical expectation that high levels of ethnic fractionalization will result in mitigated economic voting. Additionally, we find that this mitigation is strongest when the economy is perceived to be doing well, and that the diminishing effect weakens as the economy declines.