Research faculty

Mara Ostfeld

Assistant Professor of Political Science; Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies; Assistant Research Scientist, Ford School

Mara Cecilia Ostfeld is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan and an assistant research scientist at the Ford School. 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 in political science, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA in political science, University of Pennsylvania
  • MPP, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • BA in 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.