Carrie Ann LeVan
PhD student in Political Science, University of California Los Angeles
Expertise & Civic Involvements
LeVan’s research focuses on mobilization and social networks and their role in affecting the participation of individuals from varying socioeconomic backgrounds. Current projects include investigating the influence of personal relationships on the turnout rates of low status voters, and exploring the effect of having politically engaged neighbors on one’s propensity to vote.
"Mobilizing the Poor: Spillover Effects of an Experimental Intervention to Increase Turnout," 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April, 2012. Uses experimental data to show that GOTV messages targeted at poor, registered voters have a spillover effect on their neighbors. Finds that neighbors of randomly contacted voters were more likely to vote than neighbors of non-contacted voters.
"The Vicious Cycle: The Exclusion of Low Socioeconomic Status Voters from Mobilization Efforts," Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA, September, 2011. Explores the effects of a non-partisan “Get-Out-the-Vote” personal canvassing campaign on individual, poor and uneducated, low propensity voters. Uses a randomized field experiment and finds that individual, low propensity and low socioeconomic status voters who are personally contacted and encouraged to vote participate at significantly higher rates than those who are not.