Katie Clayton, currently a pre-doctoral student in the Program in Quantitative Social Science at Dartmouth College, recently presented a paper at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association. Her paper, titled "An Immigration Consensus? Social Contact and Immigrant Attribute Preferences in France," co-authored with Yusaku Horiuchi and Jeremy Ferwerda, investigates French natives' preferences for immigrant attributes in the French context and examines whether these preferences are conditional on prior contact with immigrants. While its findings suggest broad agreement on desirable immigrant attributes, the paper also finds that French natives who frequently interact with immigrants place less weight on country of origin when prioritizing immigrant profiles.
As a member of QSS, Katie is currently working for Bright Line Watch under the supervision of Professor John Carey of the Department of Government. Bright Line Watch is an organization founded by political scientists at Dartmouth and the Universities of Chicago, Michigan, and Rochester to monitor democratic practices, their resilience, and potential threats to democracy in the United States and abroad. According to Professor Carey, Katie is helping Bright Line Watch expand and improve its survey experiments and analysis.
Katie graduated from Dartmouth in June 2018 with a B.A. in Government and will be starting a Ph.D. program in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University in the fall of 2019.