Dr Melissa Sands

Dr Melissa Sands

Assistant Professor of Politics and Data Science

Department of Government

Room No
CBG 4.37
Office Hours
Email for appointment
Connect with me

Key Expertise
Field Experiments, Causal Inference, Inequality, Political Psychology

About me

Melissa Sands joined the Department of Government in 2021. Previously she worked at the University of California, Merced as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She received her PhD from the Harvard University Department of Government in 2017, and earned an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She studies the consequences of context on political and civic behavior. Her research has been published in the American Political Science Review, Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and elsewhere.

Research interests

  • Political behaviour and political psychology
  • Field experiments
  • Causal inference
  • Geographic and spatial analysis
  • Economic inequality

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV101: Introduction to Political Science
  • GV330: Data Science Applications to Politics Research
  • GV481: Quantitative Analysis for Political Science

Selected publications