About Melissa Sands

Assistant Professor

Political Science

University of California, Merced


Email: msands2@ucmerced.edu

Website: http://www.melissasands.org

WAKS profile: http://womenalsoknowstuff.com/individual-scholar-page/?pdb=1143

Twitter profile: @melissaleesands

Biographical sketch and research interests

I study the consequences of context on political and civic behavior. My 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. Specializing in causal inference, field experiments, and spatial/geographic analysis, I develop new methodological approaches to the study of social and physical context. I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. I received my PhD from the Harvard University Department of Government in 2017, and am an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard. I earned an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.