Lonna R. Atkeson, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 277-2315
Personal Website: http://www.unm.edu/~atkeson
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Lonna Rae Atkeson is a Professor, Regents' Lecturer and Director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy in the Political Science Department at the University of New Mexico.

Professor Atkeson has received a number of honors for her academic and public policy work. In 1998, she received the "Emerging Scholar" award from the Political Parties and Organizations Section of the American Political Science Association. The University of New Mexico named her a Regents' Lecturer in 2001.  Verified Voting New Mexico presented her with a Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and Common Cause of New Mexico presented her with the Jayk Talor Best in Government Award in 2010.   

She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, the JEHT Foundation, the Department of Defense, Bernalillo County and the New Mexico Secretary of State.

Research Interests

Professor Atkeson's general research program involves a wide number of subfields within political science including elections, campaigns, election administration, public opinion, political behavior, the media, political psychology, state politics, gender politics and political methodology.  She is a national expert in the field of election administration.

Recent Accomplishments

Lonna Atkeson was recently featured in a Huffington Post article discussing Bernie Sanders' win in New Hampshire and the increased momentum surrounding his campaign: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-poll-spending_us_56b8b9b4e4b01d80b2470e08

Lonna Atkeson was recently selected as a winner of the Society for Political Methodology’s 2015 Excellence in Mentoring Award. The citation from the award committee is the following:

"The committee wishes to recognize Dr. Atkeson, for her longstanding work serving as a mentor and advisor to a diverse set of students.  Her commitment to her students is clear and significant; Dr. Atkeson recognizes that mentoring is important in and out of the classroom, and that mentoring continues long after students receive their degrees.  In the words of one of many who wrote to nominate Dr. Atkeson for this award, 'Dr. Atkeson makes herself available to students and truly commits to helping students produce quality research ... her students are forever indebted to her for her mentorship and guidance, and we are forever grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her.'" 

Selected Publications

Atkeson, Lonna Rae, R. Michael Alvarez, Andrew Sinclair, Thad E. Hall.  2014. “Keeping Voting Safe: Voter Attitudes Toward Voter Access Versus Voter Integrity.”  Social Science Quarterly 95(5): 1381-98.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae, Yann Kerevel, R. Michael Alvarez, Thad E. Hall.  2014. “Who Asks for Voter Identification?” Journal of Politics 76(4): 944-57.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae, Alex N. Adams, and R. Michael Alvarez. 2014.  “Nonresponse and Mode Effects in Self and Interviewer Administered Surveys,” Political Analysis 22(3): 304-320.

Kerevel, Yann and Lonna Rae Atkeson. 2013. “Explaining the Marginalization of Women in Legislative Institutions.” Journal of Politics (Forthcoming).

Alvarez, R. Michael, Lonna Rae Atkeson and Thad E. Hall. 2012. Evaluating Elections: Tools for Improvement. Cambridge University Press.

Alvarez, R. Michael, Lonna Rae Atkeson and Thad E. Hall (Editors). 2012. Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity Through Election Auditing. Palgrave.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae and Cherie D. Maestas. 2012. Catastrophe Politics: Public Opinion and How Extraordinary Events Redefine Perceptions of Government. Cambridge University Press.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae, Lisa A. Bryant, Alex N. Adams, Luciana Zilberman, Kyle L. Saunders, 2011.  “Considering Mixed Mode Surveys for Questions in Political Behavior: Using the Internet and Mail to Get Quality Data at Reasonable Costs.”  Political Behavior 33:161-178.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae, Lisa Bryant, Thad Hall, Kyle L Saunders and R. Michael Alvarez. 2010. “New Barriers to Voter Participation: An Examination of New Mexico’s Voter Identification Law.” Electoral Studies 29(1):66-73.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae and Cherie D. Maestas.  2009.  “Meaningful Participation and the Evolution of the Reformed Presidential Nominating System,” PS: Political Science & Politics 42(1):59-64.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae and Timothy Krebs.  2008. “Press Coverage in Mayoral Elections: Is there a Gender Bias?” Political Research Quarterly 61 (2): 239-53.