Lajevardi’s studies race in American politics. As an attorney and political scientist, her research bridges the gap between political science and legal questions of interest. Her work covers voter identification laws, felon disenfranchisement laws, media coverage, and constituent communications and always assesses how race matters in affecting the quality of American democracy today.
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Discusses how counties with higher non-White voters in a state that enacted strict voter ID laws show decreased turnout compared to counterparts in states that did not enact strict voter ID laws.
Examines issues of race and policing through the lens of representative bureaucracy theory, which states that demographic correspondence between government employees and the local population can lead to more favorable outcomes for minority groups.
Argues that voter identification laws decrease minority turnout in American elections. Discusses how voter turnout among whites does not change, but turnout among Hispanics, Blacks, Asian Americans, and liberals falls by several percentage points when states require citizens to show identification in order to vote.