Daniel Markovits is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science focusing on the politics of democratic backsliding. He is interested in exploring two main research questions. First, when and why do voters turn against democracy? Second, through what mechanisms do would-be autocrats seek to distort elections? He seeks to answer these questions both in the United States and comparable cases vulnerable to backsliding. Mr. Markovits holds a B.A. in political science and economics from Lafayette College. He has previously conducted research on foreign aid and political economy.