Kassra AR Oskooii, PhD

Research Expertise: 
American Politics, Minority Politics, Political Psychology, Political Representation, Voting Rights, and Redistricting 

I am a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Provost Teaching Fellow at the University of Delaware. I am also an affiliated faculty at the Center for Political Communication, Center for the Study of Diversity, and Race, Justice, Policy Research Initiative. 

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.

 

Due to my research expertise in the area of political representation and voting rights, I have served as an expert consultant to State Legislatures to advise them on 2021 redistricting plans. As a voting rights expert, I have also been retained by plaintiff groups such as the ACLU and the NAACP to write expert reports and conduct racially polarized voting (RPV), electoral performance, and threshold analyses of various jurisdictions. Over the last decade, I have analyzed elections in over a dozen of states such as California, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington.

In the area of redistricting, I have constructed remedial maps and analyzed various congressional, legislative, county, and school board maps using traditional redistricting criterion such as compactness, proportionality, splitting, core retention, minority representation, and measures of 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" 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, Public Opinion Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Sociological Methods and Research, Perspectives on Politics, Urban Affairs Review, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Ethnic Migration Studies, and Politics, Groups, and Identities.

 

For more information about my academic record, please refer to my C.V. or my Google Scholar page.