Rafaela Dancygier

Professor of Politics and International Affairs
410 Robertson Hall

Ph.D. Political Science
Yale University, 2007


Rafaela Dancygier is Professor of Politics and Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, specializing in the comparative politics of advanced democracies. Her work has examined the domestic consequences of international immigration, the political representation of immigrant-origin minorities, and the determinants of discrimination and ethnic conflict.  Her first book Immigration and Conflict in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2010) explains how immigration regimes and local political economies determine whether or not immigration destinations witness conflict between immigrants and natives, between immigrants and the state, or no conflict at all. Her second book, Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics (Princeton University Press, 2017) examines how minority groups are incorporated into politics and explores the consequences of this inclusion for the nature of party politics and electoral cleavages. Her other work has appeared in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, World Politics and in edited volumes.

Dancygier's current work investigates contemporary electoral realignments in Europe and the US, with a focus on electoral geography, housing and gender.

Selected Publications

Alizade, J., Dancygier, R., & Ditlmann, R. (forthcoming). National penalties reversed: The local politics of citizenship and politician responsiveness to immigrants. Journal of Politics,

Dancygier, R., Egami, N., Jamal, A., & Rischke, R. (forthcoming). Hate crimes and gender imbalances: Fears over mate competition and violence against refugees. American Journal of Political Science,

Dancgier, R. (2020). Another progressive's dilemma: Immigration, the radical right & threats to gender equality Daedalus, 149(2), 56. doi:https://doi.org/10.1162/daed_a_01773

Dancygier, R. (2020). Another Progressive’s dilemma: Immigration, the radical right, and threats to gender equality. Daedalus, 149(1), 56-71.

Dancygier, R., Lindgren, K., Nyman, P., & Vernby, K. (2020). Candidate supply is not a barrier to immigrant representation: A Case–Control study
American Journal of Political Science, doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12553

Dancygier, R., & Margalit, Y. (2020). The evolution of the immigration debate: Evidence from a new dataset of party positions over the last half-century. Comparative Political Studies, 53(5), 734-774.

Dancygier, R. M., Lindgren, K. O., Nyman, P., & Vernby, K. (Social Science Research Network). The pipeline is not the problem: A Case–Control study of immigrants’ political underrepresentation. 2019, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3410939

Chou, W., Dancygier, R. M., Egami, N., & Jamal, A. (2019). The illusion of radical right partisan stability: How party positioning affects radical right voting in Germany. Social Science Research Network, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3411075

Dancygier, R. M., Egami, N., Jamal, A., & Rischke, R. (2019). Hating and mating: Fears over mate competition and violent hate crime against refugees. Social Science Research Network, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3358780

Vernby, K., & Dancygier, R. (2019). Can immigrants counteract employer discrimination? A factorial field experiment reveals the immutability of ethnic hierarchies. PLoS One., doi:doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0218044

Dancygier, R. (2018). Beyond numbers: Inclusion types, candidate types, and descriptive representation. Newsletter of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Migration and Citizenship, 6(1), 28-34.

Vernby, K., & Dancygier, R. M. (2018). Employer discrimination and the immutability of ethnic hierarchies: A field experiment. Econstor, doi:http://hdl.handle.net/10419/201455
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Dancygier, R. (2017). Dilemmas of inclusion: Muslims in European politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Dancygier, R. (2017). Immigration and ethnic politics in Europe; A fertile ground for interdisciplinary research and theory building. CP: Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association, 27(2), 17-21.

Dancygier, R., & Walter, S. (2015). Globalization, labor market risks, and class cleavages. In P. Beramendi, S. Häussermann, H. Kriesi & H. Kitschelt (Eds.), The future of democratic capitalism (). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Book Section

Lindgren, O., Oskarsson, S., & Vernby, K. (2015). Why are immigrants underrepresented in politics? evidence from Sweden. American Political Science Review, 109(4), 703-724.

Dancygier, R. (2014). Electoral rules or electoral leverage? explaining Muslim representation in England. World Politics, 66(2), 229-263.

Dancygier, R., & Donnelly, M. (2014). Attitudes toward immigration in good times and in bad. In N. Bermeo, & L. Bartels (Eds.), Mass politics in tough times (). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book Section

Dancygier, R., & Laitin, D. (2014). Immigration into Europe: Economic discrimination, violence, and public policy. Annual Review of Political Science, 17, 43-64. doi:https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-polisci-082012-115925

Dancygier, R. (2013). The left and minority representation: The labour party, Muslim candidates, and inclusion tradeoffs. Comparative Politics, 46(1), 1-21. doi:https://doi.org/10.5129/001041513807709338

Dancygier, R. (2013). Culture, context, and the political incorporation of immigrant-origin groups in Europe. In J. Hochschild, J. Chattopadhyay, D. Gay & M. Jones-Correa (Eds.), Outsiders no more? models of immigrant political incorporation (). New York: Oxford University Press.
Book Section

Dancygier, R., & Donnelly, M. J. (2013). Sectoral economies, economic contexts, and attitudes toward Immigration
. The Journal of Politics, 75(1) doi:doi.org/10.1017/S0022381612000849

Dancygier, R. (2010). Immigration and conflict in Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Dancygier, R., & Green, D. (2010). Hate crimes. In J. Dovidio, M. Hewstone, P. Glick & V. Esses (Eds.), Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination (). London: Sage.
Book Section

Dancygier, R. (2007). The politics of race and immigration in Great Britain: An uneasy balance. In J. Roemer, W. Lee & K. Van der Straeten (Eds.), Racism, xenophobia, and distribution (pp. 237). Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Dancygier, R. (2007). Immigration and the institutionalization of xenophobia in United Kingdom. In J. Roemer, W. Lee & K. Van der Straeten (Eds.), Racism, xenophobia, and distribution (pp. 130). Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Dancygier, R., & Saunders, E. N. (2006).  A new electorate? comparing preferences and partisanship between immigrants and natives., 50(4), 962-981. American Journal of Political Science, 50(4), 962. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5907.2006.00227.x