Cecilia Mo

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Ph.D., Political Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business
M.A., Political Science, Stanford University
Master in Public Administration in International Development, Harvard University
B.A., Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Southern California
Personal Statement: 

Cecilia Hyunjung Mo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. She is also an Assistant Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy) at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. She specializes in behavioral political economy, comparative political behavior, the political economy of development, and social policy research. She focuses on significant contemporary challenges to development and moral issues of today like cultivating democratic citizenship, understanding and addressing the negative consequences of rising inequality, combatting modern day slavery, and reducing prejudice. Her research agenda is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection of political science, economics, and psychology.

Cecilia has published research in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Theoretical PoliticsPolitical Behavior, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and World Development. She is the recipient of the American Political Science Association (APSA)’s 2015 Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the previous year’s annual meeting and the 2016 Best Article in Political Behavior award from APSA’s Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior Section. She has also been awarded over $1.6 million grant dollars to support her research agenda in the last three years.


Healy, Andrew, Katrina Kosec, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2017. “Economic Development, Mobility, and Political Discontent: An Experimental Test of Tocqueville’s Thesis in Pakistan.” American Political Science Review 11(3): 605-621

Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung. 2017. “The Effects of Perceived Relative Deprivation on Risk: An Aspiration-Based Model of Human Trafficking Vulnerability.” Political Behavior (First Online: doi:10.1007/s11109-017-9401-0).

Krosnick, Jon A., Neil Malhotra, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, Eduardo F. Bruera, LinChiat Chang, Josh Pasek, Randall Thomas. 2017. “Americans Perceptions of the Health Risks of Cigarette Smoking: A New Measure Reveals Widespread Misunderstanding.” PLoS ONE 12(8): e0182063.

Kosec, Katrina, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2017. “Aspirations and the Role of Social Protection: Evidence from a Natural Disaster in Rural Pakistan.” World Development 97: 49-66. 

Kuo, Alexander, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2017. “Social Exclusion and Political Identity: The Case of Asian American Partisanship.” Journal of Politics 79(1): 17-32. 

Bowen, Renee, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2016. “The Voter’s Blunt Tool.” Journal of Theoretical Politics. 28(4): 655-677. 

Healy, Andrew, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2015. “Reply to Fowler and Montagnes: Determining False-Positives Requires Considering the Totality of Evidence.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(48): E6591.

Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung. 2015. “The Consequences of Explicit and Implicit Gender Attitudes and Candidate Quality in the Calculation of Voters.” Political Behavior 37(2): 357-395.

Malhotra, Neil, Yotam Margalit, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2013. “Economic Explanations for Opposition to Immigration: Distinguishing Between Prevalence and Conditional Impact.” American Journal of Political Science 57(2): 391-410.

Healy, Andrew, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2010. “Irrelevant Events Affect Voters’ Evaluations of Government Performance.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 29(107): 12804 -12809.