Tanika Raychaudhuri, Ph.D. Candidate


Princeton University

Address: 001 Fisher Hall

City: Princeton, New Jersey - 08544

Country: United States

About Me:

Tanika Raychaudhuri is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, specializing in American political behavior. Her research interests include immigrant political socialization, race and ethnicity politics, and economic inequality. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2014, with highest honors and highest distinction. As an undergraduate student, she worked in Washington D.C. as a Congressional Intern for U.S. Representative Rush Holt and U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Research Interests

Immigration & Citizenship

Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Political Participation

Public Opinion

Class, Inequality, and Labor Politics

Asian Americans

Immigrant Socialization

Political Behavior



Countries of Interest

United States

My Research:

Tanika’s dissertation explores why Asian Americans, a group with some Republican predispositions, vote for Democrats in national elections. This research considers existing theories and develops a novel theory of “social transmission,” grounded in partisan influence from peers in local contexts. This theoretical perspective is motivated by the fact that traditional theories of familial socialization are a poor fit for immigrant households, in which American politics is rarely discussed. She tests this theory against alternative explanations using original interviews, national surveys, a large longitudinal survey of college students, and a social media experiment. She is also working on collaborative research projects on topics such as income inequality and the college experience, Puerto Rican political mobilization, and media framings of opioid use. Her research has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities.