Associate Research Scientist
Yale University
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2017-2020 Postdoctoral Associate, Center for the Study of American Politics and the Institution for Social and Policy Study, Yale University
2012-2017 PhD, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University
2008-2012 B.A., Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

About Me

Human cooperation is understood as essential for the functioning of any small group or team, and the actions necessary to sustain this cooperation are widely studied. But concerns about free riding, dishonesty, and shirking are also present in large group relationships, such as in society writ large and in our relationship with government. Our understanding of how to sustain cooperation in this setting is much more limited. My research uses a combination of experimental approaches, ranging from economic games to survey experiments, to understand both how these concerns permeate into politics and how people, with the help of institutions, can sometimes overcome them. My work is interdisciplinary, spanning fields of political science and disciplines in the social sciences. To date, I have brought this approach to important topics like building support for social insurance and redistribution, understanding preferences over taxation, examining preferences for voting as a collective decision rule, and increasing vaccine acceptance and the practice of preventive behaviors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

My approach to teaching focuses on the how we theorize and learn about the topics we study. I seek to introduce students both to central theoretical questions in politics and provide them with the tools—quantitative analysis, research design, and causal inference—that are both portable and allow answering the questions we pose. I am greatly interested in teaching courses that help students learn how to apply the tools of empirical and experimental social science to societal problems that interest them.

You can find more information about my research and teaching below.


Bokemper, S.E., Gerber, A.S., Omer, S.B., & Huber, G.A., (2021) Persuading U.S. White evangelicals to vaccinate for COVID-19: Testing message effectiveness in fall 2020 and spring 2021. PNAS, 118, e2114762118. [pdf]

James, E.K., Bokemper, S.E., Gerber, A.S., Omer, S.B., & Huber, G.A., (2021) Persuasive messaging to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake intentions. Vaccine, 39, 7158-7165. [pdf]

Bokemper, S.E., Cucciniello, M., Rotesi, T., Pin, P., Malik, A.A., Willebrand, K., Paintsil, E.E., Omer, S.B., Huber, G.A., & Melegaro, A. (2021) Beliefs about mask efficacy and the effects of social norms of mask-wearing intentions for COVID-19 risk reduction. PLOS One, 16, e0258282. [pdf]

Rotesi, T., Pin, P., Cicciniello, M., Malik, A.A., Paintsil, E.E., Bokemper, S.B., Willebrand, K., Huber, G.A., Melegaro, A., & Omer, S.B. (2021) National interest may require distributing COVID-19 vaccines to other countries. Scientific Reports, 11, 1-8. [pdf]

Bokemper, S.E., Huber, G.A., Gerber, A.S., James, E.K., & Omer, S.B., (2021) Timing of COVID-19 vaccine approval and endorsement by public figures. Vaccine, 39, 825-829. [pdf]

Bokemper, S.E., Fang, A.H., & Huber, G.A., (2021) Perceptions of program abuse and support for social insurance. American Politics Research, 49, 59-75. [pdf] [appendix]

Bor, A., Mazepus, H., Bokemper, S.E., & DeScioli, P., (2021) When should the majority rule? Experimental evidence for Madisonian judgments in five cultures. Journal of Experimental Political Science, 8, 41-50. [pdf]

DeScioli, P., Cho, B., Bokemper, S.E. & Delton, A.W., (2020). Selfish and cooperative voting: Can the majority restrain themselves? Political Behavior, 42, 261-283.

Bokemper, S.E., DeScioli, P., & Kline, R., (2019). Unfair rules for unequal pay: Wage discrimination and procedural justice. Journal of Experimental Political Science, 6, 180-191. [pdf]

DeScioli, P., & Bokemper, S.E. (2019). Intuitive political theory: People’s judgments about how groups should decide. Political Psychology, 40, 617-636.

Miller, R. A., & Bokemper, S.E. (2016). Media coverage and escalation of militarized interstate disputes, 1992-2001. Media, War, and Conflict, 9, 162-179. [pdf]

DeScioli, P., & Bokemper, S. (2014). Voting as a counter-strategy in the blame game. Psychological Inquiry, 25, 206-214. [pdf]

Dawes, C.T., Loewen, P.J., Schreiber, D., Simmons, A.N., Flagan, T., McElreath, R., Bokemper, S.E., Fowler, J.H., & Paulus, M.P. (2012). Neural basis of egalitarian behavior, PNAS, 109, 6479-6483. [pdf]

Selected Work in Progress

Bokemper, S.E., Patashnik, E.M., Gerber, A.S., & Huber, G.A., (revise and resubmit to PLOS One) Payments for COVID-19 vaccination induce negative spillovers in social networks: Evidence from survey experiments.

Bokemper, S. E., Huber, G.A., James, E.K., Gerber, A.S., & Omer, S.B. (revise and resubmit to PLOS One) Persuasive messages to encourage COVID-19 risk reduction.

Bokemper, S.E., & Huber, G.A. (under review) On the merits of separate spaces: Why institutions isolate cooperation and division tasks.

Bokemper, S.E., Household dynamics and support for social insurance.

Andrews, T.A. & Bokemper, S.E. The road to reelection is paved with good intentions: Experiments on the role of intentions and outcomes in voting behavior.

Bokemper, S.E., & Huber, G.A. Makers and takers: How we (don't) tax the poor reduces support for taxing and redistribution.

Bokemper, S.E., & DeScioli, P. The problem of dishonesty in government safety nets.

Grants and Awards

Charles Koch Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship ($155,000)

International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, Small Grants Program (2016). With Peter DeScioli. "Experiments on social safety nets". ($8,400).

National Science Foundation funded participant at 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Economic Sciences. August, 2014

Stony Brook University, Dorothy L. Pieper Award for excellent academic performance and potential


Introduction to American Politics (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

The Politics of Economic Security (Spring 2020, Spring 2021)

Professional Affiliations

American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association