Nina Obermeier

Graduate Student

Research Focus

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. My research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations. It examines how attitudes towards international affairs shape – and are shaped by – processes of political contestation and identity formation at the domestic level.

My article "COVID-19, Economic Anxiety, and Support for International Economic Integration" was recently published in the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. I was awarded the 2021 Kahin Prize in International Relations for my dissertation research and my teaching has been recognized with the Dean’s Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

In my dissertation project, I explore how populist radical right parties can unintentionally drive support for international economic integration among Western European publics when they engage in extremist rhetoric. My dissertation is supervised by Thomas Pepinsky (chair), Peter Katzenstein, Jonathan Kirshner, and Alexandra Cirone.

I use a wide range of methods in my research, including machine learning, quantitative text analysis, survey experiments, elite interviews, and quasi-experimental research designs. My research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and the Institute for European Studies (IES) at Cornell University.

Courses - Spring 2022