Meet Kiela Crabtree, 2020 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2020. 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.

Kiela Crabtree, University of Michigan

Kiela Crabtree is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the impact of violence — specifically racially-targeted violence — on American political participation and public opinion. Her dissertation, Forged in the Fire: Racially-Targeted Violence and Implications for Political Behavior in the United States, uses archival data collection, local-level observational data, and a series of survey experiments to investigate where racially-targeted violence has occurred, how the targeted respond, and why those responses are observed. Other research of hers also considers the political legacies of conflict in the United States, with emphasis on dynamics of social identity and racial hierarchy. Kiela has been a visiting researcher at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO) and her work has also been supported by the Center for Political Studies. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Kiela received her B.A. in Politics from Sewanee: The University of the South.