Melissa Sands is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Merced. Her research examines the consequences of context on political and civic behavior. Specializing in causal inference, field experiments, and spatial/geographic analysis, her research shows that who and what we encounter as we go about our everyday lives affects the policies we support and how we interact with government. She received her PhD from the Harvard University Department of Government in 2017, and earned an MPA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science
Institution / Affiliation : University of California, Merced
Geographical Region: Africa, North America
Methodology: Experimental Design, Field Experiments, Statistics
Policy: Conflict and Violence, Development, Elections, Ethnic Politics, Governance