Jill R. Laufer

Jill Laufer Portrait

Position Title
Ph.D. Student. Am. Politics

1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • B.A., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ in Anthropology - Awarded 2017
  • M.A., San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA in Political Science; Awarded with Distinction: June 2020


I'm a Ph.D. student in American Politics with a second field of Comparative Politics.

Research Focus

My research interests lie in the voting, activism, and political behavior of young people and those of mixed-race ancestry in the US. In particular, my work focuses on the activation of identity through issue salience, including gun violence and climate change, and the use of digital activism and face-to-face outreach in mobilizing youth.


Master's Thesis: Activating Agency: An Experiment Exploring Gun Violence Issue-Salience and Youth Political Behavior


Fall 2020: CSU’s Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Fellowship Program