Chagai M. Weiss

Position title: Ph.D. Student: Comparative Politics | International Relations


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Research Interests:

Ethnic Politics, Political Economy, Prejudice Reduction, Field Experiments


Chagai M. Weiss is a PhD candidate at the department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a predoctoral fellow at the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School. His interests lie at the intersection of ethnic politics, political psychology, and intergroup conflict, with a regional focus on the Middle East. In his research, Weiss employs methods of causal inference to understand how diversity in public institutions shapes prejudice and intergroup relations in divided societies. He is also working on several projects examining the electoral effects of conflict, the consequences of segregation for intergroup relations, the institutional origins of polarization, and the empirical implications of abstraction and detail in experimental design. Chagai’s research has been supported by The Horowitz Foundation, The Morris Abrams Foundation, The Israel Institute, and The Morris Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, and has been published or is forthcoming in The Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, Comparative political Studies, Governance, and Political Geography.


Reducing Prejudice through Diversity in Public Institutions


Weiss, C. M., J. Rock, and D. Miodownik. Geographies of Violence in Jerusalem: The Spatial Logic of Urban Intergroup conflict. 2018, pp. 88-97.

Weiss, C. M., S. Gilad, and A.-B. Saar. Bureaucratic Politics and the Translation of Movement Agendas. Vol. 32, no. 2, 2019, pp. 369-85.


The Morris Abrams Award in International Relations 2019

UW-Madison Political Science Department Summer Initiative Grant 2019

Wisconsin Project on International Relations Travel Grant Competition (2018, 2019)

Graduate Student Travel Award 2019, The Elections Research Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Best Graduate Student Paper in the 8th Eurasian Peace Science Conference, Jerusalem

Charles and Gayle Mazursky Student Support Fund (F 2017, F/S 2018)

Graduate Student Research Travel Grant 2018, UW – Madison

FLAS Yearly Fellowship (Declined) 2018

The Morris Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel 2018 (With Devorah Manekin and Noga Shlomai)

The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace Research Grant (With Devorah Manekin and Noga Shlomai)

Israel Institute Research Grant (With Devorah Manekin and Noga Shlomai) 2018

FLAS (Arabic) Summer Fellowship 2018

Minerva Center for Human Rights Research Grant 2017 (With Devorah Manekin and Noga Shlomai)

Isaac and Ida Lipton Study Abroad Fellowship 2017

Two Year Graduate School Fellowship


Rikhil Bhavnani, Yoshiko Herrera, Nadav Shelef, and Jonathan Renshon