Georgia Kernell

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email    gkernell@ucla.edu
Office  2323 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-206-9404
My research examines political communication, party strategy, voter behavior, and electoral competition both in the U.S. and in advanced parliamentary democracies.

My research interests include political communication, parties, behavior, European politics, comparative democratic institutions, and research methodology.  I am currently writing a book about how parties’ organizations affect candidate strategies, representation, and electoral success.  I am also working on several projects that examine the institutions that regulate party diversity, the normative implications of party organizations for representation, and how political information shapes consumer sentiment.  The methods I employ include formal theory, experiments, statistics, and interviews. 

I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2008, and spent the 2008-2009 academic year as a Postdoc in the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism.  Before moving to UCLA, I was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. 

I currently run the “UCLA Political Party Organizations Lab,” in which undergraduate researchers and I collect and code constitutions and rules from political parties around the world.  At UCLA, I teach courses on political communication, media and politics, and research methodology.


Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University

M.Phil., Political Science, Columbia University

B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley