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United States
Menlo College
Elections, Race, Ethnicity, Latinos, Immigration, LGBT Rights, Gay Rights, Transgender Rights, California Politics
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Personal Info

About Me

Latino Politics

Race and Ethnic Politics

LGBT Politics

Electoral Politics

California Politics

Voter Turnout

Political Science Experiments


Recent Publications


Harrison, Brian F., and Melissa R. Michelson. 2017. Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Calfano, Brian R., Elizabeth A. Oldmixon, and Melissa R. Michelson. 2017. Conflicted Clergy: The Politics of Priests. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Maria Chávez Pringle, Jessica Lavariega Monforti and Melissa R. Michelson. 2014. Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers

Lisa García Bedolla, and Melissa R. Michelson. 2012. Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate Through Get-out-the-Vote Campaigns. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Journal Articles:

Harrison, Brian F. and Melissa R. Michelson. “What’s Love Got to Do With It:  Emotion, Rationality, and Framing LGBT Rights” New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture (Forthcoming, June 2017)

Harrison, Brian F. and Melissa R. Michelson. “Using Experiments to Understand Public Attitudes towards Transgender Rights.” Politics, Groups, and Identities (Forthcoming).

Pringle, Lisa, Melissa R. Michelson, Jennifer Merolla, and Deborah Brown McCabe. “Calling all Neighbors: Mobilizing Turnout for a Local Housing Referendum.” Journal of Political Marketing (Forthcoming).

Valenzuela, Ali A. and Melissa R. Michelson. 2016. “Turnout, Status, and Identity: Mobilizing Latinos to Vote with Group Appeals.” American Political Science Review 110, 4: 615-630.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2016. “Healthy Skepticism or Corrosive Cynicism? New Insights into the Roots and Results of Latino Political Cynicism” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 2, 3: 60-77.

Harrison, Brian F. and Melissa R. Michelson. 2016. “More than a Game: Football Fans and Marriage Equality.” PS: Political Science & Politics 49, 4: 782-787.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2016 “The Danger of Overreliance on IRB: An Approved Project is not always an Ethical Project.” PS: Political Science & Politics 49, 2 (April): 299-303.

Harrison, Brian F. and Melissa R. Michelson. 2015. “God and Marriage: The Impact of Religious Identity Priming on Attitudes toward Same-Sex Marriage.” Social Science Quarterly 96, 5: 1411-1423.

McCabe, Deborah Brown and Melissa R. Michelson. 2015. “Pushing Too Hard: Using Door-in-the-Face to Get Voters out the Door.” Journal of Political Marketing 14, 4: 613-322.

Teresi, Holly and Melissa R. Michelson. 2015. “Wired to Mobilize: The effect of social networking messages on voter turnout.” Social Science Journal 52, 2: 195–204.

Media Coverage

Davis Enterprise, Jan. 29, 2017

Al Jazeera English, Inside Edition, March 2, 2016

The New York Times, February 22, 2016

California Public Radio, February 17, 2016


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United States

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