Rafaela Dancygier, Ph.D.


Princeton University

Country: United States (New Jersey)

About Me:

Rafaela Dancygier is associate professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Dancygier specializes in comparative politics, with a focus on the implications of ethnic diversity in advanced democracies. Her work has examined the domestic consequences of international immigration, the political incorporation and electoral representation of immigrant-origin minorities, the determinants of ethnic conflict, and the contemporary electoral realignments in European democracies. Her first book Immigration and Conflict in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2010) explains how immigration regimes and local political economies determine whether or not immigration destinations witness conflict between immigrants and natives, between immigrants and the state, or no conflict at all. Her second book, Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics (Princeton University Press, 2017) examines how minority groups are incorporated into politics and explores the consequences of this inclusion for the nature of party politics and electoral cleavages. Her other work has appeared in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Politics and in edited volumes.

Research Interests

European Politics

Gender and Politics

Elections, Election Administration, and Voting Behavior

Immigration & Citizenship

Political Parties and Interest Groups

Representation and Electoral Systems


Radical Right Parties


Ethnic Conflict

Candidate Selection




Countries of Interest



United Kingdom