Faculty by courtesy

Mara Ostfeld

Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Mara Cecilia Ostfeld is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan, with a courtesy appointment at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her research broadly focuses on the relationship between race, media and political attitudes. She is currently working on projects exploring media coverage of protest activity; the implications of different methodological approaches to studying Latino public opinion; and, the attitudinal consequences of descriptive representation. Her work has been published in journals that include Political Psychology and Political Communication, and been funded by places including the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics and the Russell Sage Foundation. She currently has a book project underway looking at the political, environmental and psychological factors that shape how we identify our skin color. During national elections, Mara also works as an analyst at NBC and Telemundo.

Educational Background

PhD, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
MA, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
MPP, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
BA, Social Work, Rutgers University

Professional Affiliations

American Political Science Association Midwest Political Science Association

Recent Publications

"Revisiting the effects of case studies in the news," with Diana Mutz. (forthcoming). Political Communications.