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.
Finds, using a randomized field experiment, 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. Moreover, finds that these effects are higher for Latino, low status, low propensity voters than non-Latinos.
Argues that features of neighborhood design that promote social interaction also promote political participation