Melissa Kovacs, Faculty Associate
School of Public Affairs
My research has focused primarily on the effect of high school civics curriculum on youth political participation and voting. A specific focus has been on how the effect of education differs among racial / ethnic categories of young Americans, using propensity score matching methods. Other research has examined voter turnout rates at fine geographic levels in Pennsylvania, such as community or neighborhood, and neighborhood-level factors that influence turnout. My most current research, with a collaborator, examines Americans' attitudes towards civility in politics, gender differences in defining political civility, and the public's perception of a decline in civility.
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