Alexander Kustov is a doctoral candidate in Princeton University's Department of Politics and the joint degree program in Social Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses on voter responses to diversity and migration in high-income democracies. He draws on insights from behavioral economics to develop theories of political conflict over ethnic identity, as well as test their implications using experiments and other design-based approaches.

As a part of this agenda, Alexander's dissertation examines the unlikely role of altruism in popular anti-immigration preferences, and under what conditions voters would accept increasing immigration. His other work has been published in American Political Science Review and Conflict Management and Peace Science, supported by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and received an award from the World Association for Public Opinion Research.


Kustov, Alexander and Giuliana Pardelli, 2018. Ethnoracial Homogeneity and Public Outcomes: The (Non)effects of Diversity. American Political Science Review. 112 (4): 1096-1103

Kustov, Alexander, 2017. How Ethnic Structure Affects Civil Conflict: A Model of Endogenous Ethnic Grievance. Conflict Management and Peace Science. 34 (6): 660-679

Honors and Awards

Dean’s Completion Fellowship/PGRA Program, 2018-2019

Parker D. Handy Fellowship in Public Affairs, 2017-2018

Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, Dissertation Research Grant, 2017-2018

Politics Research in Experimental Social Science Research Grant, 2016-2018

Naomi C. Turner Prize for Best Paper, World Association for Public Opinion Research, 2016