U-M Political Science PhD Candidate Anil Menon's research with Nolan M. Kavanagh suggests that health vulnerability might drive voters to support right-wing populism. In survey data collected over 20 years, until just before the pandemic, voters reporting worse health were more likely to support right-wing populist parties across Europe. Community-level analyses have suggested that the same might be true in the United States.

Menon studies comparative political behavior with a substantive focus on how traumatic experiences shape subsequent political attitudes and behaviors.