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Michelson to Give Political Science Lecture at St. Norbert College

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From St. Norbert College, April 10, 2015
by Erich Wegenke,, 920-403-3089

Melissa Michelson, associate professor of political science at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif., will give a lecture on the St. Norbert College campus on Monday, April 20. Michelson's lecture, titled "Mobilizing Voters Online and on their Mobile Phones: Frontiers of GOTV Experimental Research," will examine how 21st century technology and political participation can work together to increase Americans' sense of democracy. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater of the Bemis International Center on the college campus. It is free and open to the public.

Michelson received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1994. Her major areas of research include Latino political incorporation, voter mobilization of ethnic and racial minorities, and field experiments on fostering changes in attitude on polarized political issues such as same-sex marriage. She is co-author of "Mobilizing Inclusion: Redefining Citizenship through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns" (Yale University Press, 2012), which won the 2013 American Political Science Association's Ralph Bunche award, as well as the 2013 best book award from APSA's Race, Ethnicity and Politics section. Michelson has published 30 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and a dozen chapters in edited volumes, including recent pieces in International Migration Review, Polity and Politics, Groups and Identities. She most recently co-authored "Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth" (Paradigm Publishers, 2014).

For more information on Michelson's visit, contact Charley Jacobs, associate professor of political science, at

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