Welcome! I am a doctoral candidate studying American Politics in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. My research is motivated by a substantive interest in the causes and consequences of inequality in American politics and how they relate to the intersecting politics of sexuality, gender, race, and class. My work explores how structural inequalities co-constitute processes of representation and mobilization for marginalized groups, how the constructions of political constituencies and identities follow uneven trajectories for marginalized and dominant social groups, and how institutional configurations of power and oppression influence political behavior, attitudes and public policy.
My dissertation examines the development of partisanship and partisan alignments among LGBT people, focusing on the ways in which unequal power dynamics shape processes through which political identities are constructed and contested in party institutions. Among the key findings of this research is that partisan alignments among LGBT people, particularly at the mass-level, were initially relatively bipartisan and that over time interactions between advocacy organizations and political parties moved the community towards the Democratic Party. This mobilization occurred alongside the contestation of LGBT political identities including queer-leftist identity, civil rights-group identity, and libertarian-individual identity, leading to enduring linkages between in-group political identities and partisan attachments.
In addition to my dissertation, my other research examines how symbolic politics and racial hierarchies shape LGBT policy support, whether bureaucrats discriminate against LGBT people (with Kenneth Lowande), the political behavior of Puerto Ricans (with Tanika Raychaudhuri), and the politics of same-sex marriage rhetoric (with Dara Strolovitch and Adam S. Levine). I have co-authored research that has been published in the journals Politics, Groups and Identities and Sage Open.
Strolovitch, Dara Z., Janelle Wong, and Andrew Proctor. 2017. “A Possessive Investment in White Heteropatriarchy? The 2016 Election and the Politics of Gender and Sexuality.” In Politics, Groups, and Identities 5:353-63
Casey, Logan, Jesse Chandler, Adam Levine, Andrew Proctor, and Dara Strolovitch. 2017. “Intertemporal Differences among MTurk Workers: Time-Based Sample Variation and Implications for Online Data Collection.” In Sage Open April-June 2017: 1-15.