Current Position

Professor of Political Science
Menlo College
1000 El Camino Real
Atherton, CA 94027-4301


Yale University
        Ph.D. 1994 (political science); M.Phil. 1994; M.A. 1991
Columbia University
        B.A. 1990 (political science)

 Publications - Books

García Bedolla, Lisa and Melissa R. Michelson. 2012. Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate Through Get-out-the-vote Campaigns. Yale University Press.
* Winner of the 2013 Ralph Bunche Award, American Political Science Association 
* Winner of the 2013 Best Book Award -- Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section, American Political Science Association 

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

Harrison, Brian F. and Melissa R. Michelson. Listen, We Need to Talk: Opening Minds to Attitudinal Change through In-Group Identity Activation. Yale University Press. Under contract.  

 Publications - Journal Articles

Harrison, Brian F. and Melissa R. Michelson. "God and Marriage: The Impact of Religious Identity Priming on Attitudes toward Same-Sex Marriage." Forthcoming, Social Science Quarterly.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2014. "The Problem of Forgetting: Cognition, Memory, and the Study of Voter Mobilization." Polity 46, 4: 591-610.

Teresi, Holly and Melissa R. Michelson. 2014. "Wired to Mobilize: The effect of social networking messages on voer turnout." Social Science Journal. Online first:, DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2014.09.004

Michelson, Melissa R. and Lisa Garcia Bedolla. 2014. "Mobilization by Different Means: Nativity and GOTV." International Migration Review 48, 3: 710-727.

Lavariega Monforti, Jessica, Melissa Michelson and Annie Franco. 2013. "¿Por Quién Votará? Experimental evidence about language, ethnicity and vote choice (among Republicans)" Politics, Groups, and Identities 1, 4: 475-487.

Michelson, Melissa R., Neil Malhotra, Andrew Healy, Donald P. Green, Allison Carnegie and Ali Adam Valenzuela. 2012. "The Effect of Prepaid Postage on Election Turnout: A Cautionary Tale for Election Administrators." Election Law Journal 11, 3 (Sept.): 279-290.

McCabe, Deborah Brown and Melissa R. Michelson. "Pushing Too Hard: Using Door-in-the-Face to Get Voters out the Door." Forthcoming, Journal of Political Marketing.

Malhotra, Neil, Melissa R. Michelson and Ali Adam Valenzuela. "Emails from Official Sources Can Increase Turnout." Quarterly Journal of Political Science 7, 3: 321-332.

Sinclair, Betsy, Margaret McConnell and Melissa R. Michelson. 2013. "Local Canvassing and Social Pressure: The Efficacy of Grassroots Voter Mobilization." Forthcoming, Political Communication 30: 42-57.

Harrison, Brian F. and Melissa R. Michelson. 2012. “Not That There's Anything Wrong With That: Messaging, Source Credibility and Marriage Equality.” Political Behavior 34, 2: 325-344. Online first:

Gillespie, Andra and Melissa R. Michelson. 2011. "Participant Observation and the Political Scientist: Possibilities, Priorities, and Practicalities." PS: Political Science and Politics 44, 2 (April): 261-265.

Malhotra, Neil, Melissa R. Michelson, Todd Rogers and Ali A. Valenzuela. 2011. "Cold Text Messages as Mobilization Tools: Implications for Theories of Political Participation." American Politics Research 39, 4 (July): 664-81.

Melissa R. Michelson. 2010. “Majority-Latino Districts and Latino Political Power.” Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy 5: 159-175.

Michelson, Melissa R., Lisa García Bedolla and Margaret A. McConnell.2009. “Heeding the Call: The Effect of Targeted Two-Round Phonebanks on Voter Turnout.” Journal of Politics 71, 4 (October):1549-1563.

García Bedolla, Lisa and Melissa R. Michelson. 2009. “What Do Voters Need to Know? Testing the Role of Cognitive Information in Asian American Voter Mobilization.” American Politics Research 37, 2 (March): 254-274.

Lavariega Monforti, Jessica and Melissa R. Michelson. 2008. “Diagnosing the Leaky Pipeline: Continuing Barriers to the Retention of Latinas and Latinos in Political Science.” PS: Political Science and Politics 41, 1 (Jan.): 161-166.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2007. “All Roads Lead to Rust: How Acculturation Erodes Latino Immigrant Trust in Government.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 32, 2 (Fall): 21-46.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2006. “Mobilizing the Latino Youth Vote: Some Experimental Results.” Social Science Quarterly 87, 5 (Dec.): 1188-1206.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2006. “APSA Fund Successfully Mentoring Latino Scholars.” PS: Political Science and Politics 39, 4 (Oct.): 949-951.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2006-2007. “Mobilizing Latino Voters for a Ballot Proposition.” Latino(a) Research Review 6, 1-2 (Summer): 33-49.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2005. “Does Ethnicity Trump Party? Competing Vote Cues and Latino Voting Behavior.” Journal of Political Marketing 4, 4 (Nov.): 1-25.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2005. “Meeting the Challenge of Latino Voter Mobilization.” Annals of Political and Social Science 601 (Sept.): 85-101.

Michelson, Melissa R. and Scott J. Susin. 2004. “What’s in a Name: The Power of Fusion Politics in a Local Election.” POLITY 36, 2 (Jan.): 301-323.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2003. “The Corrosive Effect of Acculturation: How Mexican-Americans Lose Political Trust.” Social Science Quarterly 84, 4 (Dec.): 918-933.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2003. “Getting Out the Latino Vote: How door-to-door canvassing influences voter turnout in rural Central California.” Political Behavior 25, 3 (Sept.): 247-263.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2003. “Political Efficacy Among California Latinos.” Latino(a) Research Review 5, 2-3 (Summer-Fall): 5-15.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2003. “Boricua in the Barrio: Political Trust Among Puerto Ricans.” Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 15, 1 (Spring): 138-151.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2002. “The Black Reparations Movement: Public Opinion and Congressional Policymaking.” Journal of Black Studies 32, 5 (May): 574-587.

Michelson, Melissa R. and Amalia Pallares. 2001. “The Politicization of Mexican-Americans: Naturalization, the Vote, and Perceptions of Discrimination.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 26, 2 (Fall): 63-85.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2001. “Political Trust Among Chicago Latinos.” Journal of Urban Affairs 23, 3/4 (Fall): 323-334.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2001. “The Effect of National Mood on Mexican-American Political Opinion.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 23, 1 (Feb.): 57-70.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2000. “Political Efficacy and Electoral Participation of Chicago Latinos.” Social Science Quarterly 81, 1 (March): 136-150.

Michelson, Melissa R. 1998. “How Americans Think About Foreign Military Involvement: The Case of Bosnia.” International Studies Notes 23, 2 (Spring): 1-9.

Michelson, Melissa R. 1998. “Explorations in Public Opinion-Presidential Power Linkages: Congressional Action on Unpopular Foreign Agreements.” Political Communication 15, 1 (Jan-Mar): 63-82.

 Publications - Book Chapters

Lavariega Monforti, Jessica and Melissa R. Michelson. 2014. "Multiple Paths to Cynicism: Social Networks, Identity, and Linked Fate among Latinos." In Tony Affigne, Evelyn Hu-DeHart and Marion Orr, Latino Politics en Ciencia Politica, New York: New York University Press, p.. 92-112.

Michelson, Melissa R. and Joe Tafoya. 2013. "The Latino Politics of Proposition 19: Criminal Justice and Immigration." In Katherine Tate, James Lance Taylor and Mark Q. Sawyer, eds., Something's In the Air: Race and the Legalization of Marijuana." Routledge Press, pp. 115-125.

Michelson, Melissa R. “Latino Voters in the 2008 Elections.” 2011. Clark Archer, Stan Brunn, Fred Shelley, Gerald Webster, and Steve Lavin, eds. Atlas of the 2008 Election. Roman and Littlefield, pp. 225-226.

Michelson, Melissa R. and David Nickerson. 2011. “Voter Mobilization” In James N. Druckman, Donald P. Green, James H. Kuklinski and Arthur Lupia, eds., Handbook of Experimental Political Science. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 228-240.

Michelson, Melissa R. “Mobilizing Latinos in ’08.” In Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Louis DeSipio and David Leal, eds., Latinos in the 2008 Election. University of Notre Dame Press. Forthcoming.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2013. “The Fight for School Equity in Chicago's Latino Neighborhoods.” In Sharon Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales, eds., The Roots of Latino Urban Agency, (Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press).

Michelson, Melissa R. 2011. “The Latino (Hispanic) Voter.” In Robert Mann, In Robert Mann and David D. Perlmutter, eds., The Manship School Guide to Political Communication, 2nd ed., (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana University Press), pp. 248-256.

Green, Donald P. and Melissa R. Michelson. 2009. “ACORN Experiments in Minority Voter Mobilization.” In Robert Fisher, ed., 'The People Shall Rule': ACORN, Community Organizing, and the Struggle for Economic Justice, (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press), pp. 235-248.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2008. “Immigration” (pp. 816-821) and “Naturalization” (pp. 186-189) chapters in Michael A. Genovese and Lori Cox Han, eds., Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics, (New York: Facts on File).

Michelson, Melissa R., Lisa García Bedolla and Donald P. Green. 2008. “Mobilizing the Registered: Tactics for Improving Voter Turnout.” In Morgan E. Felchner, ed., Voting in America, (Praeger), pp. 198-211.

Geron, Kim and Melissa R. Michelson. 2008. “Latino Partisanship, Political Activity, and Vote Choice.” In Havidán Rodríguez, Rogelio Saenz, and Cecilia Menjivar, eds., Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América, (New York: Springer), pp. 325-339.

Michelson, Melissa R. 2006. “Politics at the Grassroots: Mobilizing Latino Voters.” In William E. Nelson, Jr. and Jessica Lavariega Monforti, eds., Black and Latina/o Politics: Issues in Political Development in the United States, (Miami, FL: Barnhardt and Ashe), pp. 235-248.

 Publications - Other (Book Reviews & Reports)

Michelson, Melissa R. 2011. Book review in American Review of Politics v. 32, pp. 291-294 of Beltrán, Cristina (2010), The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity (New York: Oxford University Press).

Michelson, Melissa R. Book review in CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, of García Bedolla, Lisa (2009), Latino Politics (Malden, MA: Polity Press). Forthcoming.

Michelson, Melissa R. Book review in Perspectives on Politics 8, 3 (Sept.): 909-911, of Hajnal, Zoltan L. (2010), America’s Uneven Democracy: Race, Turnout, and Representation in City Politics (New York: Cambridge University Press).

Michelson, Melissa R. 2010. “Transforming Racial Identity, Transforming Racial Politics.” Book review in Journal of American Ethnic History  29, 3 (Spring): 94-98, of Jane Junn and Kerry L. Haynie, eds., (2008), New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Politics (New York: Cambridge University Press) and Robin Dale Jacobson (2008), The New Natives: Proposition 187 and the Debate Over Immigration (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press).

Michelson, Melissa R., Lisa García Bedolla and Donald P. Green. 2009. “New Experiments in Minority Voter Mobilization: Final Report on the California Votes Initiative” (San Francisco, CA: The James Irvine Foundation).

Michelson, Melissa R., Lisa García Bedolla and Donald P. Green. 2008. “New Experiments in Minority Voter Mobilization: Second in a Series of Reports on the California Votes Initiative” (San Francisco, CA: The James Irvine Foundation).

Michelson, Melissa R., Lisa García Bedolla and Donald P. Green. 2007. “New Experiments in Minority Voter Mobilization: A Report on the California Votes Initiative” (San Francisco, CA: The James Irvine Foundation).

Michelson, Melissa R. 2004. Book review in Latino Studies 2, 2 (June): 270-271, of Márquez, Benjamin (2003), Constructing Identities in Mexican-American Political Organizations: Choosing Issues, Taking Sides (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press).

Michelson, Melissa R. 2003. “Mobilizing the Latino Youth Vote.” CIRCLE Working Paper #10 (August 2003).

Michelson, Melissa R. 2001. Book review in the American Political Science Review 95, 2 (June): 471-472, of Marie T. Henehan (2000), Foreign Policy and Congress: An International Relations Perspective (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press) and Cecil V. Crabb, Jr., Glenn J. Antizzo and Leila E. Sarieddine (2000), Congress and the Foreign Policy Process: Modes of Legislative Behavior (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press).