Kassandra Birchler is currently a PhD student in the Political Science Department at Yale. Her research focuses on the intersection of political science and psychology. In her dissertation she is exploring the effect of early childhood trauma on political ideology. She is also studying how people regulate their emotions in the political context, with a focus on people’s tendency to use political content to replace feelings of anxiety with anger.
Kassandra received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and her M.A. in Comparative and International Studies from ETH Zurich. She has worked as a research assistant for the Chair for Political Economy and Development at the University of Zurich