Lonna Atkeson


Lonna Atkeson is the LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar in Civic Education & Political Science and director of the LeRoy Collins Institute. She is a member of the MIT Data and Election Science Board and an Associate Editor for Political Analysis. Her research focuses on election science, survey methodology, public policy, voting rights, public opinion, political psychology, and political behavior. She has authored 4 books, over 50 articles and book chapters, numerous policy reports and several amicus curiae briefs. She has been a consultant to the Department of Defense, the US Election Assistance Commission, Pew, various private companies and has served as an expert witness. Her research has been supported by the NSF, Pew, Golisano Foundation, Thornburg Foundation, New Mexico Department of Transportation, New Mexico Secretary of State, and Bernalillo County. She Received her BA from the University of California, Riverside and her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Selected Publications

Lonna Rae Atkeson and R. Michael Alvarez (Editors). 2018.  Oxford University Press Handbook on Polling and Survey Methods.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Alvarez, R. Michael, Lonna Rae Atkeson and Thad E. Hall. 2013. Evaluating Elections: A Handbook of Methods and Standards. Cambridge University Press.

Stein, Robert M et al. 2020. “Waiting to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election: Evidence from a Multi-County Study,” Political Research Quarterly 73(2):439-453, available online: https://doi.org/10.1177/1065912919832374

Alvarez, R. Michael, Lonna Rae Atkeson, Ines Levin, and Yimeng Li.  2019. “Paying Attention to Inattentive Survey Respondents,” Political Analysis 27(2): 145-62.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae and Brian T. Hamel.  2020. “Fit for the Job: Candidate Qualifications and Vote Choice in Low Information Election,” Political Behavior 42(1), 59-82. Online: [https://doi:10.1007/s11109-018-9486-0]https://DOI:10.1007/s11109-018-9486-0.DOI: 10.

Lonna Atkeson

LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar in Civic Education and Political Science & Director of the LeRoy Collins Institute

Specialization: Election Science, Election Administration, Survey Methodology, Public Policy, Voting Rights, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Political Behavior

Areas of Interest: American Politics, Political Methodology, Public Policy

Bellamy 542 (By Appointment)


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