Ari Ray received her PhD from the University of Zurich in 2020. Her thesis examined fiscal policy conflicts during the Eurozone crisis, focusing on domestic politics in the Eurozone South. During her doctoral studies, Ari was a visiting scholar at Stanford University (2017-2018) and the Hertie School of Governance (summer of 2018). Prior to arriving in Geneva, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (Cohort 2019-2020). Together with William Marble at Stanford University, Ari is working on a project in which she explores the factors that determine the educational backgrounds of elected politicians in the US (partly funded by the Russell Sage Foundation). For Unequal Democracies, Ari contributes to the project’s module on policy responsiveness by studying electoral institutions and their effect on class composition and policy output in Italian legislatures. During the academic year 2021-2022, Ari will be a resident fellow at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome.
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