Lonna R. Atkeson


Director, Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy

Director, Institute for Social Research

Photo: Lonna Atkeson
Email:  atkeson@unm.edu
Phone:  (505) 277-2315
Personal Website
Curriculum vitae
Office:  SSCO 2049

Research Area/s:

American Politics,  Methodology



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.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

  • Atkeson, Lonna Rae & Cherie D. Maestas.  2016.  “Primary Turnout 1972-2016,” PS: Political Science & Politics 49(4): 755-760.
  • Associated Blog: “Atkeson, Lonna.  2016.  “Primary Turnout and the Importance of Party Position.”  Mischiefs of FactionVox.com.  Available at:http://www.vox.com/mischiefs-of-faction/2016/3/24/11301108/presidential-primary-turnout
  • Gurian, Paul-Henri, Nathan Burroughs, Lonna Rae Atkeson, Damon Cann, and Audrey Haynes. 2016.  “National Party Division and Divisive State Primaries in US Presidential Elections, 1948-2012,” Political Behavior 689-711.
  • Kerevel, Yann and Lonna Rae Atkeson. 2015.  “The Effect of Disconfirming Stereotypes on Perceptions of Female Political Leaders in Mexico,” Political Research Quarterly 68: 732-44.
  • Atkeson, Lonna Rae, R. Michael Alvarez, Thad E. Hall. 2015.  “Trust in Elections and Trust in Government: Why Voter Confidence Differs from Other Measures of System Support,” Election Law Journal 14(3): 207-219.
  • Atkeson, Lonna Rae, R. Michael Alvarez, Andrew Sinclair, Thad E. Hall.  2014. “Balancing Fraud Prevention and Electoral Participation: Attitudes Toward Voter Identification.”  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.  
  • Associated Blog: “Poll Workers Rely on their own Attitudes and Beliefs to Determine How to Apply Voter ID Laws” The LSE US Center’s Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy (available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2014/08/20/poll-workers-rely-on-their-own-attitudes-and-beliefs-to-determine-how-to-apply-voter-id-laws/)
  • 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.
  • Associated Blog: Improving Survey Methodology a Q&A with Lonna Atkeson(available at: https://blog.oup.com/2014/08/improving-survey-methodology-q-a-with-lonna-atkeson/    
  • Alvarez, R. Michael, Lonna Rae Atkeson and Thad E. Hall. 2013. Evaluating Elections: Tools for Improvement, Cambridge University Press.
  • Atkeson, Lonna Rae and Cherie D. Maestas 2012. Catastrophic Politics:  How Extraordinary Events Redefine Perceptions of Government. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.