I am an Assistant Professor of comparative politics at the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. I received my Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2016. From 2017-2018, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at LAPOP.
I study elections, public opinion, voting behavior, and political representation, especially in the Latin American region. Much of my work examines how democratic crises and features of election administration affect citizens' attitudes, as well as their decisions at the ballot box. My book manuscript examines how democratic backsliding fuels the emergence and success of campaigns promoting blank or spoiled votes. Some of my work also develops methods to improve the measurement of political phenomena in surveys.
My research is published at the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and Political Behavior, among other outlets, and has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation. I have also written several reports as part of LAPOP's Insights series and contributed to The Monkey Cage Blog and Mischiefs of Faction.
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Mollie J. Cohen