Mollie J. Cohen


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. I received my Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2016. I was previously an assistant professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the LAPOP Lab.

I study elections, public opinion, and voting behavior, especially in Latin America. 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, None of the Above: Protest Voting in Latin American Democracies, 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 or forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, The Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis, among other outlets, and has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation. I have also written several reports for LAPOP's Insights series and contributed to The Monkey Cage Blog and Mischiefs of Faction.

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