2017- Postdoctoral Associate, Center for the Study of American Politics, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
My research uses the methods of experimental economics to study economic inequality and how governments can alleviate the hardships of poverty. My dissertation investigates the circumstances under which individuals can use honest communication to sustain a social safety net. Further, I explore whether the psychology underlying honest communication breaks down when help comes from an institution instead of another individual. Last, I examine if a real world requirement of an institution, limiting the number of requests, will restore honesty. I am also involved in a number of projects focusing on pay discrimination, selfish and cooperative voting, party cues and public goods, and group decision making.
Miller, R. A., & Bokemper, S.E. (2016). Media coverage and escalation of militarized interstate disputes, 1992-2001. Media, War, and Conflict, 9, 162-179. [pdf]
DeScioli, P., & Bokemper, S. (2014). Voting as a counter-strategy in the blame game. Psychological Inquiry, 25, 206-214. [pdf]
Dawes, C.T., Loewen, P.J., Schreiber, D., Simmons, A.N., Flagan, T., McElreath, R., Bokemper, S.E., Fowler, J.H., & Paulus, M.P. (2012). Neural basis of egalitarian behavior, PNAS, 109, 17, 6479-6483. [pdf]
Work in Progress
Kline, R., Bokemper, S.E., & DeScioli, P. (under review). Unfair rules for unequal pay: The coordination hypothesis for procedural justice.
DeScioli, P., Cho, B., Bokemper, S.E. & Delton, A.W., (under review). Selfish and cooperative voting: Can the majority restrain themselves?
Bokemper, S.E., & DeScioli, P., (in prep.). The problem of honesty in government safety nets.
DeScioli, P., & Bokemper, S.E. (in prep.). The psychology of social choice: People's judgments about how groups should decide.
Grants and Awards
Charles Koch Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship ($155,000)
International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, Small Grants Program (2016). With Peter DeScioli. "Experiments on social safety nets". ($8,400).
National Science Foundation funded participant at 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Economic Sciences. August, 2014
Stony Brook University, Dorothy L. Pieper Award for excellent academic performance and potential
DeScioli, P., Cho, B., Bokemper, S. E., & Delton, A. W. (2017, September). Selfish and cooperative voting: Can the majority restrain themselves? At the American Political Science Association meeting, San Francisco, CA.
DeScioli, P., Cho, B., Bokemper, S. E., & Delton, A. W. (2017, April). Selfish and cooperative voting: Can the majority restrain themselves? At the New York Area Political Psychology Meeting, Columbia University, New York, New York.
Bokemper, S.E., & DeScioli, P. (2016, Sept). Experiments on social safety nets. At American Political Science Association Meeting, Philidelphia, PA.
Bokemper, S., & DeScioli, P. (2016, May). Experiments on social safety nets. Poster presented at the Behavioral Models of Politics Conference 2016, Pittsburgh, PA.
Kline, R., Bokemper, S.E., & DeScioli, P. (2014, September). Procedural fairness, cooperation, and trust: An experimental analysis. At the American Political Science Association meeting, Washington, D.C.
Bokemper, S.E., Velez, Y.R., Lodge, M.G., & Kraft, P. (2014, April). Mapping the meanings of political concepts. At the Midwest Political Science Association meeting, Chicago, IL.
Velez, Y.R., Seltzer, N.A., Lown, P., & Bokemper, S.E. (2013, April). On the origins of authoritarianism. At the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Miller, R. A., & Bokemper, S.E. (2012, April). Somebody spoke, nobody heard: Audience costs, crisis visibility, and international conflict. At the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Introduction to American Politics (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
Professional AffiliationsAmerican Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
I design and program novel incentivized games using web based programming tools. You can find demo versions of software below.
Unemployment Game Peer Version[html]
Unemployment Game Public Fund Version[html]
SSDI Game [In Development]