CP Group

Welcome to the CP Group! The CP Group was established in 2015 and is run by Sona Golder and Matt Golder. It is currently home to four graduate students: Molly Ariotti, Charles Crabtree, Yaoyao Dai, and Kostanca Dhima. The CP Group works on various aspects of comparative politics. You can see our publications and working papers here.

Graduate Students

Molly Ariotti

Molly’s research focuses on African politics, with a particular emphasis on Francophone Africa.  Her dissertation examines government composition, public goods provision, and bureaucratic capacity. She has lived and worked in France, and conducted field work in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. She was recently awarded a 2016 National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship. Her work has been published in Political Analysis and on The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. More information can be found at her website and on her Google scholar profile.


Charles Crabtree

Charles’ research focuses on information manipulation (censorship and propaganda), authoritarian regimes, human rights, and post-Soviet Politics. Methodologically, he is interested in causal inference, field experiments, and spatial analysis. He has lived and worked in Belarus, Poland, and Ukraine. His research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Peace Research, PLOS One, and Research & Politics. More information can be found at his website and on his Google scholar profile.


Yaoyao Dai

Yaoyao is a second-year graduate student. Her research focuses on authoritarian regimes, anti-corruption campaigns, and information manipulation (media, propaganda, and censorship), with a particular emphasis on China. She is currently conducting an online survey experiment to examine the effect of anti-corruption campaigns on regime support in China. More information can be found at her website.



Kostanca Dhima

Kostanca is working towards a dual-title Ph.D. in political science and women’s studies. In her dissertation, Kostanca uses a series of online voting experiments to examine how electoral rules and intersectional identities (gender and race) affect substantive and descriptive representation. She also examines demand-side and supply-side explanations for women’s legislative representation in a global perspective. She has lived and worked in Albania. More information can be found at her website.


Undergraduate Students

Jennifer Heckman


Postdoctoral Students

Ben Ferland