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Ciera Hammond

Political Science Ph.D. Student

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I'm working on my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan. My subfields are American Politics and Methodology. More specifically, my areas of expertise include political communication, political psychology, media, and electoral politics. 

Research Interests

My research interests include political communication, political psychology, electoral politics, and media. My current research explores the idea of credibility in party position taking. When parties send an individual to be the face of an issue, such as abortion or immigration, who do they choose to send and why? Furthermore, how are they received by the public? This research seeks to explain the source of their credibility in the eyes of the public. Is it a function of their identity, a function of bestowed credibility by party leaders, or both? 

My past research has explored political ambition, efficacy among young voters, personality and policy preferences, media coverage of candidates in presidential primaries, and the effects of media coverage on attitudes about the institution of the presidency.

I employ mixed methods in my research. Quantitatively, I specialize in survey research and design, as well as experiments. With respect to qualitative methods, I am interested in interviews and focus groups, in addition to photo analysis, text analysis, and content analysis. 


Green, Jon, Meredith Conroy, and Ciera Hammond. "Something to Run For: Articulated Interest and Candidate Emergence." Under review.

Meredith Conroy, Erin Cassese, Dhrumil Mehta, Al Johri, Ciera Hammond, Sean Long, Dominik Stecula, and Linda Beail. “Mayor Pete is Smart, and Elizabeth Warren is Unlikable? Coverage of Warmth and Competence Traits in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.” Under review.

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