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WELCOME!

My name is Richard Gagliardi and I am a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton University.  At Princeton my research focuses on the intersection of political psychology and international relations.

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In my dissertation, Stereotypes and Reputations for Keeping Security Assurances, I explain how stereotypes affect the formation of reputations for keeping assurances.  I demonstrate how negative national stereotypes, which often have racial and ethnic origins, prevent states from attaining reputations for keeping assurances.  My dissertation further argues stereotypes that depict a nation as incompetent do more harm than stereotypes that portray it as a competent aggressor.  To test the theory I use a comparison of British reputational assessments of the United States and Japan between 1910 and 1931 and a survey experiment.  The different racially based stereotypes of Americans and Japanese produced reputations predicted by the theory.

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It’s been a wonderful experience to have studied at Brown and now at Princeton.  I originally come from the great state of Montana.  Growing up in Missoula, Montana, a town nestled in the Rocky Mountains, I acquired a love of nature and an appreciation for the numerous cultural activities offered by a vibrant college town.  When not studying political science, I like to watch plays and movies, attend concerts, read about history, take walks, paddle board.

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I earned an MA in Politics at Princeton University and a BA in Political Science and Economics at Brown University.  My CV is available here.