Melissa R. Michelson

Melissa Michelson

Melissa R. Michelson
Political Science professor with a focus on Latino politics and get-out-the-vote and marriage equality support experiments

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Melissa R. Michelson is Professor of Political Science at Menlo College. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University. She is co-author of three books: Mobilizing Inclusion: Redefining Citizenship through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (Yale University Press, 2012), which won the 2013 American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche award and the 2013 best book award from the American Political Science Association’s Race, Ethnicity and Politics section, Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth (Paradigm Publishers, 2014) and the forthcoming Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (Oxford University Press, forthcoming January 2017). She has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and International Migration Review. Her current research projects explore voter registration and mobilization in minority communities, and persuasive communication on contentious issues such as marriage equality, transgender bathroom access, and other LGBT rights.

Dr. Michelson lives in Palo Alto with her husband and a menagerie of boys, dogs, cats, and chickens. In her spare time she knits and runs marathons.