Meet Jacob Turner, 2021 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2021. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.

Jacob Turner , University of Notre Dame

Jacob Turner is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on electoral politics, violence, and political attitudes in Latin America, particularly in Brazil. His dissertation research explains the emergence, behavior, and performance of electoral candidates with professional backgrounds in the security sector and the ways that politicians use tough on crime “iron fist” messages while campaigning and governing. This project combines diverse methodologies from survey experiments, statistical analysis of municipal elections, and semi-automated text analysis of official campaign documents and social media posts to uncover how military and police candidates campaign, under which conditions they find electoral success, and how their participation affects voter attitudes toward criminal justice policies, the proper role of the military in politics, and the quality of democracy.
Jacob received his BA in International Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and his MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics from Notre Dame. He previously received a Fulbright ETA grant to Río Cuarto, Argentina and observed the 2016 Colombian plebiscite on the peace accord with the FARC as a member of the Carter Center.