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Department of Political Science

Contact Information

344 Commons Center

Office Hours

Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Ph.D., Duke University

M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Chicago


Comparative Politics

Research Networks

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI)

Research on Individuals, Politics, and Society Lab (RIPS)

Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)


Comparative Politics, Latin American and Mexican Politics, Political Behavior

Curriculum Vitae

Elizabeth J. Zechmeister

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science
Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
Faculty Affiliate, Research on Individuals, Politics & Society Lab Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

Professor Zechmeister received her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2003. Her research focuses on comparative political behavior and public opinion, in particular in Latin America. Her work includes studies of voting, ideology, political parties, representation, charisma, and crisis. Zechmeister has received support from the National Science Foundation for investigations into the public opinion consequences of terrorist threat and natural disaster, respectively. She has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Behavior, among other outlets. She is co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Latin American Party Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2010). She is co-editor of The Latin American Voter: Pursuing Representation and Accountability in Challenging Contexts (University of Michigan Press, 2015). In 2012, she was the recipient of the Vanderbilt A&S Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and in 2015 she received the Vanderbilt Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Her courses focus on Latin American politics, Mexican politics, research design, and comparative political behavior and public opinion.



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