Nazita Lajevardi

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University

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About Nazita

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. My 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. 


Strict Voter Identification Laws Advantage Whites – and Skew American Democracy to the Right

  • Nazita Lajevardi
  • Lindsay Nielson

In the News

Interview on GOP Bias Nazita Lajevardi, MSNBC, August 29, 2020.
Interview on Experiences of Muslims in America Nazita Lajevardi, Stateside, June 1, 2020.
Interview on Outsiders at Home: The Politics of American Islamophobia.” Nazita Lajevardi, Religion News Service, April 23, 2020.
Interview on The Politics of American Islamophobia Nazita Lajevardi, The Young Turks , December 31, 2019.
Interview on The Effect Of Trump’s Travel Ban On Muslims Nazita Lajevardi, The Young Turks , November 7, 2019.
"Most U.S. Muslims Are Patriots. Asking Them to Choose Between Faith and Nation Has a Pernicious Consequence.," Nazita Lajevardi, Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, August 23, 2019.
Zoltan Hajnal's research on voter suppression discussed by Andrew Gelman, "A New Controversy Erupts Over Whether Voter Identification Laws Suppress Minority Turnout," The Washington Post, June 11, 2018.
Nazita Lajevardi's research on "How Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Produced Rare Shift in Public Opinion," Financial Express, January 13, 2018.
Nazita Lajevardi quoted by Tara Isabella Burton, "Study Suggests Trump's “Muslim Ban” Actually Improved Attitudes toward Muslims" Vox, January 10, 2018.
"Do Voter Identification Laws Suppress Minority Voting? Yes. We Did the Research.," Zoltan Hajnal (with Nazita Lajevardi and Lindsay Nielson), The Washington Post, February 15, 2017.
Interview on Republican voter suppression Nazita Lajevardi, Politics and Reality, February 6, 2016.


Race and Representative Bureaucracy in American Policy (with Brandy Kennedy, Adam Butz, and Mattew J. Nanes) (Palgrave macmillan, 2017).

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.

"Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes," (with Nazita Lajevardi and Lindsay Nielson), University of California, San Diego, forthcoming.

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.