Lynn Vavreck is a professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA and a contributing columnist to The New York Times feature, The Upshot.  Before teaching at UCLA, she worked in The White House, at Princeton University, and at Dartmouth College.

She is the author of The Message Matters, which Stanley Greenberg described as “required reading” for future presidential candidates who he said would “ignore it at their peril.” She is also the  co-author of  the popular American politics text book, The Logic of American Politics.

Professor Vavreck has pushed the study of campaigns and elections forward by being part of the team that started the online survey research company, Polimetrix (now a part of YouGov), and the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project. She also co-founded YouGov’s blog, Model Politics, which is dedicated to bringing data to bear on contemporary issues.   She is the recipient of multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and has won awards for her work on political advertising.

She holds a B.S. and M.S. from Arizona State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

About the Authors

John Sides is a professor of political science at George Washington University where he co-founded and now contributes to The Monkey Cage, an award winning blog about politics and political science.  Before arriving at George Washington, he worked at the University of Texas at Austin.

He is a co-author of Campaigns and Elections: Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice and has published scholarly articles on such topics as campaign strategy, voter turnout, new media, and immigration.

Professor Sides has helped to make political science research relevant and accessible to media around the world through his strong public presence across platforms.  In addition to The Monkey Cage, he is a regular contributor to the 538 blog at The New York Times and Wonkblog at the Washington Post.  His writing has appeared at the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Review, Salon, the New York Daily News, Al Jazeera, the Washington Monthly, the American Prospect, and Bloomberg View.

He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.