Sascha Riaz

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow
Nuffield College
University of Oxford


Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College (University of Oxford). My research focuses on the social and political implications of increasing ethnic diversity in industrialized democracies. In most of my work, I use quasi-experimental methods to identify local drivers of xenophobic sentiment and effective policy solutions to mitigate backlash to immigration. Methodologically, I specialize in causal inference and research design.

I hold a Ph.D. in Government (2022) and Master's in Statistics (2020) from Harvard University.


  1. Freedom of Movement Restrictions Inhibit the Psychological Integration of Refugees (with Hanno Hilbig). Journal of Politics, 84 (4): 2288-2293.
  2. Out-group Threat and Xenophobic Hate Crimes (with Daniel Bischof and Markus Wagner). Forthcoming, Journal of Politics.
  3. Local News Monopolies Increase Misperceptions about Immigration (with Hanno Hilbig). Forthcoming, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  4. War and Nationalism: How WW1 battle deaths fueled civilians' support for the Nazi Party (with Felix Haass, Alexander De Juan, Carlo Koos, and Thomas Tichelbaecker). Forthcoming, American Political Science Review.
  5. Natural Disasters and Green Party Support (with Hanno Hilbig). Forthcoming, Journal of Politics.
  6. Refugee Labor Market Access Increases Support for Immigration (with Anselm Hager and Hanno Hilbig). Forthcoming, Comparative Political Studies.
  7. Does Inequality Foster Xenophobia? Evidence from the German Refugee Crisis. Forthcoming, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  8. After the Genocide: Proximity to Victims and Support for Punishing Ingroup Crimes (with Volha Charnysh). Forthcoming, Comparative Political Studies.
  9. Local Newspaper Decline and Political Polarization - Evidence from a Multi-Party Setting (with Fabio Ellger, Hanno Hilbig, and Philipp Tillmann). Accepted, British Journal of Political Science.

Working Papers

  1. Estimating Electoral Bias against Candidate Traits (with Georgina Evans, Jorge M. Fernandes, and Dae Woong Ham). R&R, Political Science Research and Methods.
  2. Estimating the Geographic Scope of Electoral Responses to Refugees (with Jeremy Ferwerda).
  3. Shielding Voters? How Partisanship Shapes the Placement of Refugee Housing Facilities (with Jeremy Ferwerda).
  4. Out-Group Exposure and Far-Right Support - Evidence from Public Pools (with Tobias Roemer).
  5. Anti-immigrant Bias in the Choice between Punitive and Rehabilitative Justice (with Maik Hamjediers).
  6. Do Autocrats Respond to Citizen Demands? Petitions and Housing Construction in the GDR (with Hans Lueders and Hanno Hilbig).
  7. The Gendered Persistence of Authoritarian Indoctrination (with Nourhan Elsayed, Hanno Hilbig, and Daniel Ziblatt).