The Partisan Underground in an Era of Polarization [chapter]

Samara Klar, Yanna Krupnikov
Independent Politics  
DEDICATION To my parents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The dissertation process is long and daunting, and even more so without the generosity of colleagues, family, and friends. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people willing to give their time and encouragement throughout this process. I hope to thank some of them here. First and foremost my dissertation chair, Ray La Raja, has been integral to my scholarly development and the evolution of this project in particular. Ray was one of the first to
more » ... the first to welcome me to UMass, and he has been a mentor, sounding board, and guide ever since. His contributions to this project are countless, but if I were to single out one it would be the fact that he frequently pushed me to think about the broader importance and contributions of this work. In the process of writing a dissertation it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, so I am incredibly thankful that Ray was there to help pull my head out of the weeds. I also want to thank the other members of my committee, who each devoted their precious time and feedback to this project. Brian Schaffner provided methodological guidance, detailed comments, and mentorship throughout my time at UMass. I have significantly benefited from his insights in this project and others. Jesse Rhodes helped me develop the original research design for this dissertation and has been a source of guidance ever since. His breadth of knowledge and generosity with his time have been greatly appreciated. Bruce Desmarais contributed his expert knowledge v on the topics of web scraping and network analysis, and the ability to work with him throughout my graduate career instilled in me the importance of rigorous analysis and allowed me to develop the concrete methodological skills used here. Finally, Brenda Bushouse introduced me to the study of the policy process and has been an indispensable source of guidance on this topic. She frequently encouraged me to engage with new literatures and questions, and the project benefited significantly from her involvement. Other colleagues have also been integral parts of this process, providing feedback and guidance throughout. I especially want to thank
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