Alexandra Filindra

Associate Professor of Political Science & Psychology


I am a scholar and teacher of the politics of immigration, gender, and race in the United States.

My current research focuses on America’s gun culture. I explore the historical origins of Americans’ attachment to firearms—an element of American exceptionalism—and the social and political consequences of the proliferation of armed civilians in the public square.

I also study the rise of harassment, threats and political violence against elected officials and their staff and how this affects democratic politics and representation. I want to know what citizens make of this phenomenon and whether partisanship and ideology divide us in how we explain and rationalize this threat to our democratic institutions.

In collaboration with Swiss researchers, I study how distinct visions of the political community, “the demos,” may motivate different understandings of democracy and trigger anti-democratic responses in ordinary politics.

Alexandra Filindra