Yuhsien Sung receives the 2019 - 2020 SPARC Graduate Research Grant. The SPARC grant is a merit-based award sponsored by the office of the Vice President for Research to promote creative research across all disciplines at South Carolina.
Sung's research examines the relationship between voter preferences and the changing landscape of prosecutors’ electoral platforms. The common wisdom supposing that citizens prefer politicians who are “tough on crime” is deeply rooted in scholarly and public discourse. However, such a claim has never been empirically tested. Using a novel conjoint survey experiment, she examines which prosecutorial attributes matter to which kinds of voters. The result helps us identify the role of candidates’ attributes in generating support or opposition. This project will be among the first to advance our knowledge of prosecutorial-election dynamics, shedding light on how America’s justice-system elections work.