Ari Ray

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Political Scientist, University of Geneva

I’m a PostDoc and Senior Lecturer (Chargée de cours) at the University of Geneva, where I work on the causes of socio-political inequality and the behavioral foundations of economic policymaking.

In my postdoctoral research, I leverage a combination of survey and public archival data to investigate the conditions under which people from structurally disprivileged backgrounds are able to attain public office.

Before arriving in Geneva, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute; a PhD Researcher at the University of Zurich and a SNSF Predoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Projects of mine have recieved financing from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

In Geneva, I teach the MA module on Comparative Politics. The course is compulsory for students enrolled in Political Science and/or Public Policy programs—and available as an elective for students from other social scientific displines.

Selected publications

  1. Working paper
    When identity trumps class: Women, workers and statistical representation under low party gate-keeping
    Unequal Democracies Working Papers 2022