About

I am a postdoctoral fellow with the Global Religion Research Initiative hosted in the Department of Sociology, the University of Notre Dame.

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’ voting behavior and political participation.

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