Joel Kersting

Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate

Joel Kersting

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American Politics, Comparative Politics


Political Parties; Representation; Public Opinion; LGBTQ Politics; Race and Politics.


Joel is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is a life-long resident of upstate New York. Joel grew up in Gloversville, NY and later attended the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He has been at Syracuse University since 2015, receiving a Master of Arts in Political Science in 2017.

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My dissertation seeks to explain the representation of the LGBTQ community by the Democratic Party; and how and why it has increased in recent years. More broadly, I am developing a theory of party behavior and its representation of groups that are part of its coalition, focusing on the nature of representation for historically disadvantaged groups.