Stephanie Zonszein

Postdoctoral Fellow
Penn Development Research Initiative
University of Pennsylvania



I study the political behavior of immigrants and elites in culturally diverse democracies. My research uses administrative, survey, and newspaper data with causal inference and machine learning methods to analyze how legalization policies and ethnic media can promote immigrants' integration, and also how the reaction of elites to minority immigrants gaining political power can hinder it. I completed my PhD in Politics at New York University and I hold a Bachelor's and a Master's in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Working Papers

'Taking Part without Blending In: Legalization Policies and the Integration of Immigrants' (Working Draft)

'Turn On, Tune In, Turn Out: Ethnic Radio and Immigrants’ Political Engagement' (Working Draft)

'Voted In, Standing Out: Elite Response to Immigrants' Political Accession' (Abstract)

'Does Empathy Trump Anxiety? Experimental Evidence on Immigration Policy Preferences in Mexico', with Abraham Aldama, Antonella Bandiera and Mateo Vásquez-Cortés. (Working Draft)

Commissioned Monographs and Book Chapters

'Spillover Effects in Experimental Data', with Peter Aronow, Dean Eckles and Cyrus Samii. Forthcoming in Advances in Experimental Political Science, J. N. Druckman and D. P. Green, eds. Cambridge University Press. (arxiv)

'Causal Inference with Interference', with Peter Aronow and Cyrus Samii. Monograph in preparation for Cambridge Elements: Quantitative and Computational Methods for Social Science, R.M. Alvarez and N. Beck, eds. Cambridge University Press.


interference: An R package for designed-based estimation of spillover effects. With Peter Aronow and Cyrus Samii. (Github)