Dalston Ward

Data Analyst (Applied ML) at LockerDome
Research Affiliate at Immigration Policy Lab

Resume (1 page) / CV(4 pages)

Email: dalston.ward@gess.ethz.ch

I am a Data Analyist (Applied ML) at LockerDome and an affiliated reseracher at the Immigration Policy Lab. I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Public Policy Group in the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at ETH Zurich. I received my PhD in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and was a visiting scholar at the Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus University.

My research focuses on immigrant integration and public attitudes toward immigrants. In particular, my work examines the impact of local contexts—e.g., the partisanship of municipal office holders, immigrant diversity, and the demographics of immigrants—on integration and the development of anti-immigrant attitudes. My main project studies the consequences of diversity within immigrant populations, showing that intra-immigrant diversity helps reduce hostility toward immigrants and facilitate their integration. Additionally, I study naturalization, seeking to identify the barriers to citizenship and the benefits of acquiring it, and how politics and policy affect anti-immigrant attitudes. Broadly, I am interested in political behavior, causal inference, political economy, political methodology, and public policy.

For more information on my research, take a look at my CV or the papers listed below.


Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • "Can Political Speech Foster Tolerance of Immigrants?,'' (with Petra Schleiter and Margit Tavits). 2021. Political Science Reserach and Methods: 1–17.
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  • "The effect of citizenship on the long-term earnings of marginalized immigrants: Quasi-experimental evidence from Switzerland,'' (with Jens Hainmueller and Dominik Hangartner). 2019. Science Advances 5(12): eaay1610.
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  • "Public Attitudes Toward Young Immigrant Men," 2019. American Political Science Review 113(1): 264–269.
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  • "How partisan affect shapes citizens' perception of the political world," (with Margit Tavits). 2019. Electoral Studies 60: 102045.
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  • "Judicial Review Timing and Legislative Posturing: Reconsidering the Moral Hazard Problem," (with Matthew Gabel). 2019. Journal of Politics 81(2): 681–685.
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  • "Dynamic effects of electoral laws." 2019. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties 29(3): 402–19.
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  • "How Economic Integration Affects Party Issue Emphases," (with Jeong-Hyun Kim, Matthew Graham and Margit Tavits). 2015. Comparative Political Studies 48(10): 1227–1259.
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Working Papers
  • "Diversity within an Immigrant Population Can Reduce Local Opposition and Foster Integration.''

  • "Large-Scale Citizenship Campaigns Can Increase Naturalization Rates,'' (with Joëlle Pianzola and Dominik Hangartner). Under Review.

  • "COVID-19 Lockdown Policies Weaken Civic Attitudes in the United States and Europe,'' (with Moritz Marbach and Dominik Hangartner). Under Review.

  • "Which Political Activities Are Caused by Education? Evidence from School Entry Exams,'' (with Dominik Hangartner, Lukas Schmid and Stefan Boes). R&R.
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  • "Local Political Contexts and Immigrant Integration," (with Anna Piil Damm).

Selected Work in Progress
  • "Political Repercussions of Open Border Policies,'' (with Andreas Beerli and Dominik Hangartner).


ETH Zurich
  • Methods II: Introduction to Quantitative Social Science (Instructor: Dominik Hangartner), Fall 2020, Graduate
  • Methods III: Causal Inference (Instructor: Dominik Hangartner), Spring 2020, Graduate
Washington University in St. Louis
  • Introduction to Programming in R (short course), Fall 2015, Graduate

  • Quantitative Political Methodology (Instructor: Jacob Montgomery), Fall 2016, Undergraduate
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  • Measurement and Latent Trait Models (Instructor: Jacob Montgomery), Fall 2016, Graduate
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  • Comparative European Politics (Instructor: Margit Tavits), Fall 2015, Undergraduate
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  • Quantitative Political Methodology (Instructor: Betsy Sinclair), Spring 2015, Undergraduate
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  • Writing About Civil Rights (Instructor: Gary Miller), Fall 2014, Undergraduate
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  • The Politics of the European Union (Instructor: Matthew Gabel), Fall 2013, Undergraduate