Nazita Lajevardi

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University

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About Nazita

Lajevardi’s studies race in American politics. As an attorney and political scientist, her research bridges the gap between political science and legal questions of interest. Her work covers voter identification laws, felon disenfranchisement laws, media coverage, and constituent communications and always assesses how race matters in affecting the quality of American democracy today. 


Strict Voter Identification Laws Advantage Whites – and Skew American Democracy to the Right

    Nazita Lajevardi , Lindsay Nielson

In the News

Opinion: "The Trump Administration Sanctioned China for Detaining 1 Million Uighurs. Here’s What Americans Think.," Nazita Lajevardi (with John Kuk), The Washington Post, September 21, 2020.
Interviewed in "Decision 2020 66 Days," MSNBC, August 29, 2020.
Interviewed in "How Islamophobia changed politics for Muslim America," Religion News Service, April 23, 2020.
Interviewed in "What drives Islamophobia? ," The Young Turks , December 31, 2019.
Interviewed in "We Will Not Be Banned," The Young Turks , November 7, 2019.
Research discussed by Andrew Gelman, in "A New Controversy Erupts Over Whether Voter Identification Laws Suppress Minority Turnout," The Washington Post, June 11, 2018.
Research discussed by "How Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Produced Rare Shift in Public Opinion," Financial Express, January 13, 2018.
Quoted by Tara Isabella Burton in "Study Suggests Trump's “Muslim Ban” Actually Improved Attitudes toward Muslims," Vox, January 10, 2018.
Opinion: "Do Voter Identification Laws Suppress Minority Voting? Yes. We Did the Research.," Nazita Lajevardi (with Zoltan Hajnal and Lindsay Nielson), The Washington Post, February 15, 2017.


"A Disproportionate Burden: Strict Voter Identification Laws and Minority Turnout" (with Zoltan Hajnal and Nazita Lajevardi). A Disproportionate Burden: Strict Voter Identification Laws and Minority Turnout (2020).

Discusses how counties with higher non-White voters in a state that enacted strict voter ID laws show decreased turnout compared to counterparts in states that did not enact strict voter ID laws.

"Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes," (with Zoltan Hajnal and Lindsay Nielson), University of California, San Diego, forthcoming.

Argues that voter identification laws decrease minority turnout in American elections. Discusses how voter turnout among whites does not change, but turnout among Hispanics, Blacks, Asian Americans, and liberals falls by several percentage points when states require citizens to show identification in order to vote.