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Ariel White

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

White will study why and how unelected government workers who interact with the public at the street level—including police officers, public benefits caseworkers, and teachers—engage in racial and ethnic discrimination. Using administrative data and field and survey experiments, she will investigate the effects of this street-level discrimination on disadvantaged groups and study the extent to which public pressure, such as protests, citizen monitoring, and media campaigns, can reduce discriminatory behavior by government workers.


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