Cecilia Hyunjung Mo is the Judith E. Gruber Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in behavioral political economy, comparative political behavior, and public opinion research. She focuses on significant contemporary challenges to development and moral issues of today like cultivating democratic citizenship, reducing modern day slavery, understanding and addressing the negative consequences of rising inequality, and reducing prejudice. Her research agenda is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection of political science, economics, and psychology. She employs a host of methodological tools — field, laboratory, and survey experiments, text analyses, as well as formal theory. She received her Ph.D. in Political Economics from Stanford University and a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
She has published research in numerous outlets, including the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Behavior, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and World Development. She is the recipient of the American Political Science Association (APSA)’s 2020 Emerging Scholar in Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior Award, APSA’s 2015 Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting, and the 2018 Roberta Sigel Early Career Scholar Best Paper Award from the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). She was also awarded the 2018 Best Paper Award from APSA’s Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior Section, and both the 2019 and the 2016 Best Article Published in Political Behavior Award.