Lonna R. Atkeson
Director, Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy
Director, Institute for Social Research
Dr. Lonna Atkeson is a Professor of Political Science, Regents' Lecturer, and Director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy and the Institute of Social Research 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 Jay Taylor 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, the New Mexico Secretary of State, the Thornburg Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, and the NM Department of Transportation.
Dr. Atkeson is an internationally recognized expert in the area of election sciences, survey methodology, voting rights, election administration, public opinion, and political behavior. She has written over 50 articles and book chapters, and dozens of technical reports, monographs, amicus curiae briefs and other works on these topics. She advocates for a data driven, applied social science, approach to public policy that encourages academics and practitioners to join together to exchange expertise to create an efficient, well managed, transparent, and a citizen focused public sector.