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Department of Political Science

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344 Commons Center

Office Hours

Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., and by appointment


Ph.D., Duke University

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


Comparative Politics

Research Networks

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

Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
Faculty Affiliate, Research on Individuals, Politics & Society Lab

Dr. Zechmeister received her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2003. Her research focuses on comparative political behavior, in particular in Latin America. Her work includes studies of voting, ideology, political parties, representation, charisma, and crisis. Zechmeister recently won two grants from the National Science Foundation in support of her research on the public opinion consequences of the global threat of terrorism and the 2010 Chile earthquake, respectively. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Behavior, among others. She is co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and of Latin American Party Systems (Cambridge University Press (2010). Zechmeister teaches courses on Latin American politics, Mexican politics, and comparative political behavior.



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