About Me


kpathakis@ucsd.edu

I integrate scholarship in political science, psychology, and sociology to explore the ways that social disadvantage affects people’s motivation to participate in the democratic process and the ways in which they perceive their own qualifications for political participation. I am particularly interested in how the effects of social disadvantage on political engagement often go beyond the well-documented constraints imposed by resource deprivation and include psychological barriers that prevent people from participating in ways they could if they felt less constrained by social roles and other cultural norms.

I am excited to start a residential fellowship at the Population Research Center at UT Austin this fall as a Behavioral Science and Policy Fellow, where I will continue my research on how marginalized groups engage in the political process, with a special focus on disadvantaged youth.