Georgia Kernell

Georgia Kernell

Georgia Kernell

Assistant Professor

Office: 2323 Rolfe Hall

Email: gkernell@ucla.edu

Phone: 310-206-9404

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Biography

My research interests include political communication, parties, behavior, European politics, comparative democratic institutions, and research methodology.  I am currently writing a book about how parties’ organizations affect candidate strategies, representation, and electoral success.  I am also working on several projects that examine the institutions that regulate party diversity, the normative implications of party organizations for representation, and how political information shapes consumer sentiment.  The methods I employ include formal theory, experiments, statistics, and interviews. I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2008, and spent the 2008-2009 academic year as a Postdoc in the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism. I currently run the “UCLA Political Party Organizations Lab,” in which undergraduate researchers and I collect and code constitutions and rules from political parties around the world.  At UCLA, I teach courses on political communication, media and politics, and research methodology.

Education

Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University
M.Phil., Political Science, Columbia University
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Research

Party strategy; voter behavior; electoral competition; political communication; U.S. and comparative politics; formal theory; quantitative methods