About

I am a postdoctoral fellow with the Politics of Inequality Project at the University of Konstanz, Germany and a research affiliate at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, the University of Notre Dame, USA. Starting in August 2021, I will join the National University of Singapore as Assistant Professor of Political Science.

My academic interests cover a range of topics, including politics and religion, political behavior, political psychology, religious freedom, social and political tolerance, and political networks. Methodologically, I am interested in experimental methods, causal inference, Bayesian analysis, and simulation techniques.

My book project, based on an extensive analysis of various secondary and original survey data, highlights how social networks shape political behavior of Muslims around the world.  In the first part of the book, I focus on interfaith relations and provide evidence that one of the main reasons why Muslim countries have poorer interfaith relations than non-Muslim countries is because of the religiously homogeneous friendship networks of Muslims in Muslim countries. The second part of the book extends this finding by showing how social networks also affect Muslims’ group identification, political attitudes, and political preferences.

I obtained my Ph.D. in political science in May 2018 from the University of Notre Dame, USA. In addition to a Ph.D. in political science, I also have an M.S. in computational statistics and an M.A. in social psychology. In the summer of 2012, I interned as political data analyst for Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign Headquarters in Chicago.

I can be reached through email:
nathanael[dot]sumaktoyo[at]fulbrightmail.org