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Cecilia Hyunjung Mo

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Education (by courtesy)
Faculty Fellow, Latin American Public Opinion Project

Cecilia Hyunjung Mo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, with a courtesy appointment at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Her research and teaching interests include a broad array of issues in political behavior, public policy, and the political economy of development. She is concerned with basic research on bounded rationality, as well as in integrating insights from theories of bounded rationality into models and empirical analyses of political and economic decision-making and institutions. Her applied work namely focuses on understanding and addressing important social problems related to inequality, prejudice, gender-based violence, and education. She is currently working on several papers examining how to model biases to which individuals are subject, as well as research on human trafficking vulnerability and public opinion around human trafficking policies. In addition to this work, she has written on a variety of other topics, including anti-immigrant sentiment and education policy. She is also the recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2015 Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the previous year's annual meeting.

Representative publications

  • Healy, Andrew, Katrina Kosec, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. “Economic Development, Mobility, and Political Discontent: An Experimental Test of Tocqueville’s Thesis in Pakistan.” Previous version published as Vanderbilt Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Working Paper 2016-2. Forthcoming at the American Political Science Review.
  • Kosec, Katrina, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. “Aspirations and the Role of Social Protection: Evidence from Economic Shocks in Rural Pakistan.” Previous version published as International Food Policy Research Institute Discussion Paper 01467. Forthcoming at World Development.
  • Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung. “The Effects of Perceived Relative Deprivation on Risk: An Aspirations-Based Model of Trafficking Vulnerability.” Forthcoming at Political Behavior.
  • Kuo, Alexander, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2017. “Social Exclusion and Political Identity: The Case of Asian American Partisanship.” Journal of Politics. 79(1): 17-32. Previous version published as Vanderbilt Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Research Paper No. 1-2014.
  • Bowen, Renee, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2016. “The Voter’s Blunt Tool.” Journal of Theoretical Politics. 28(4): 655-677. Previous version published as Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 2115.
  • Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung. 2015. “The Consequences of Explicit and Implicit Gender Attitudes and Candidate Quality in the Calculation of Voters.” Political Behavior 37(2): 357-395.
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