© Photo by Mara Lavitt October 25, 2021 Rosenkrantz Hall, Yale University, New Haven

Annabelle Hutchinson is a PhD Candidate in the Political Science Department at Yale University. Beginning in Fall 2022, Annabelle is a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Utah, where she will teach undergraduate courses on inequality, Women & Politics, and American Politics during the 2022-2023 school year.

Annabelle research interests span political economy, American and comparative politics, and quantitative methods with an emphasis on gender, race, and economic inequality in the United States and Europe.

Annabelle’s dissertation work focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and class in the United States and how threats to the economic, social, and political power of white men in America affects their political attitudes and behaviors. In one chapter of this project, I use a large panel survey (~3,000) to understand how American’s attitudes change when they lose a job and face more economic insecurity. This survey tracks Americans for 16 months beginning in March 2020. I provide evidence that white men (but not white women nor non-white men) view job loss as a threat to their masculinity and power and respond to this threat by expressing more sexist attitudes, more support for traditional gender norms, and less support for female political candidates in an effort to reclaim and reaffirm their status and power. In fact, In a hypothetical candidate choice experiment, white men
(but not white women) voted for female candidates 12.6 percentage points
less often when they faced sustained unemployment compared to when they
did not.

Other current projects focus on gender and racial discrimination in American elections, the political economy of gender, sexism, racism, distributive politics, and experimental methods.

Annabelle is a Gender & Diversity Fellow with the Yale Women’s Faculty Forum and a Policy Fellow with Yale’s Institute for Social and Policy Studies. Annabelle works with a variety of Yale College Seniors interested in politics, economics, and ethics as the Senior Essay Consultant for the Ethics, Politics, and Economics Major at Yale, a role she held during the 2020-2021 school year and will continue to hold for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. She also serves as a Graduate Affiliate for Branford College at Yale, the Social Chair for the Political Science Dept, and as the Captain for the Social Science Intramural Softball Team.

Annabelle received a B.A in Economics & Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2015. While at Texas A&M, she worked for two years as a research assistant for Ken Meier at the Project for Equity, Representation & Governance (PERG), where she collected, coded, and analyzed data for various policy related research projects.


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