Braeden Davis

PhD Candidate
Department of Political Science
University of California, Davis


I am a PhD student studying political science at the University of California Davis. I research the ways that populism leads to hatred and contention among both populists and non-populists. I am also interested in the relationship between citizens’ feelings about democracy and their support or opposition to populist parties. I have a secondary interest in monarchies in modern democracies and on whether they have any real effect on political outcomes.

I grew up in Everett, Washington, and have lived in Utah, Virginia, and now California.


PhD in Political Science, 2026 (expected) | University of California Davis

BA in Political Science, 2021 | Brigham Young University

Research interests

Populism | Affective Polarization | Monarchy