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Cecilia Hyunjung Mo

Judith E. Gruber Associate Professor
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Cecilia Hyunjung Mo is the Judith E. Gruber Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. She is also an Associate 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. She currently serves as the co-lead scientific advisor of the Human Trafficking Research Initiative for Innovations for Poverty Action.

She has published research in top outlets like 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 annual meeting, the International Society of Political Psychology's 2018 Roberta Sigel Early Career Scholar Paper Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting by an early career scholar, and the 2018 Best Paper Award from APSA's Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior Section. She was recognized with APSA's Emerging Scholar in Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior (EPOVB) Award in 2020, which is presented to the top scholar in the field within ten years of his or her doctorate. She also received both the 2019 and the 2016 Best Article Published in Political Behavior Award

Ph.D., Political Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Master of Arts, Political Science, Stanford University
Master in Public Administration in International Development, Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Southern California

Graham, Matthew, Gregory Huber, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. “Irrelevant Events and Voting Behavior: Replications Using Principles from Open Science.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Politics

Kosec, Katrina, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, Emily Schmidt, and Jie Song. 2021. “Perceptions of Relative Deprivation and Women's Empowerment.” World Development 138: 105218.

Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung, Katherine Conn, Georgia Anderson-Nilsson. 2019. “Youth National Service and Women’s Political Ambition: The Case of Teach For America.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 7(4) 864-877.

Conn, Katharine, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, and Laura Sellers. 2019. “When Less is More in Boosting Response Rates: Experimental Evidence from a Web Survey in India.” Social Science Quarterly 100(4): 1445-1458.

Bonilla, Tabitha, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2019. “The Evolution of Human Trafficking Messaging and its Effects in the United States.” Journal of Public Policy 59(2): 201-234.

Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung and Katharine Conn. 2018. “When Do the Advantaged See the Disadvantages of Others? A Quasi-Experimental Study of National Service.” American Political Science Review 112(4): 721-741.

Bonilla, Tabitha, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2018. “Bridging the Partisan Divide on Immigration Policy Attitudes through a Bipartisan Issue Area: The Case of Human Trafficking.” Journal of Experimental Political Science 5(2): 107-120.

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 40(1): 247-277.

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. 


Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung, and Tabitha Bonilla. “Predicting Biased Behavior with Implicit Attitude Measures: Results from a Voting Experiment and the 2008 Presidential Election.” Forthcoming in The Cambridge Handbook of Implicit Bias and Racism, eds. Jon A. Krosnick, Tobias H. Stark, and A. L. Scott. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung, and Georgia Anderson-Nilsson. “Activism as an Explanation for Ambition.” 2020. Good Reasons to Run: Women as Political Candidates, eds. Shauna L. Shames, Rachel I. Bernard, Mirya R. Holman, and Dawn Langan Teele, 108-121. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.