Kassra AR Oskooii, PhD
Research Expertise: Political Representation and Behavior, Voting Rights and Redistricting, American Politics, Minority Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion
I am a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Provost Teaching Fellow at the University of Delaware (UD). I am also an affiliated faculty at UD's Data Science Institute, Masters of Science in Data Science, Center for Political Communication, and Center for the Study of Diversity.
As a scholar of American Political Behavior and Minority Politics, my research and teaching focuses on the interplay between the contextual and psychological determinants of political opinions and behaviors of high and low status group members.
I also have research and teaching expertise in the area of political representation, voting rights, and redistricting, having served as an expert consultant to State Legislatures to advise them on 2021 redistricting plans. As a voting rights and redistricting expert, I have also been retained by organizations such as ACLU, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Fair Districts Now, NAACP, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, League of Women Voters, Southern Poverty Law Center, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and UCLA's Voting Rights Project to conduct racially polarized voting (RPV), electoral performance/functional, and demographic and redistricting-related analyses of various jurisdictions to assess compliance with the Voting Rights Act (VRA) or other related matters . Over the last decade, I have analyzed elections and maps in states such as California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington.
In the area of redistricting, I have drawn and evaluated district maps using redistricting criteria such as compactness, proportionality, splitting, core retention, preservation of communities of interest (COI), compliance with the Voting Rights Act, and partisan bias/competitiveness. Finally, I have published articles on racially polarized voting patterns as it pertains to voting rights litigation, and contributed to the development of the eiCompare Ecological Inference R Package, which has been utilized in numerous academic papers and court cases.
My research has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as:
Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Advances in Political Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Sociological Methods and Research, Perspectives on Politics, Electoral Studies, Urban Affairs Review, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Ethnic Migration Studies, Journal of Public Policy, and Politics, Groups, and Identities.