Comparative political communication, communication and
democratization, communication and development, partisan media, African
politics, political behavior.
Moehler is Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication,
University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from
the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on
comparative political communication, democratization, partisan
information sources, and political behavior, with a focus on Africa. Her
current research projects include: a field experiment on partisan media
effects in Ghana; survey research on partisan media effects in the
United States; and a survey experiment on how party symbols and
candidate photos on election ballots affect voting in Uganda.
She is author of the book Distrusting Democrats: Outcomes of
Participatory Constitution Making (University of Michigan
Press 2008), which argues that participation in a new democracy can
create citizens who are democratic in their attitudes but suspicious of
their government. Previously, Moehler was Assistant Professor
of Government at Cornell University and a Fellow at the Harvard Academy
of International and Area Studies. In addition, she served as a
Democracy Fellow at USAID, where she provided technical assistance in
the design of experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations of
democracy and governance assistance programs.
BookMoehler, Devra C. (2008) Distrusting
Democrats: Outcomes of Participatory Constitution-Making. Ann
Arbor: University of Michigan Press. http://www.press.umich.edu/203961/distrusting_democratsArticlesMoehler, Devra C. and Naunihal Singh.(2011). "Whose
News Do You Trust? Explaining Trust in Private Versus Public Media in
Africa.” Political Research Quarterly, 64(2) 276–292.
PDFMoehler, Devra C. (2010) “Democracy, Governance,
and Randomized Development Assistance.” Annals of the American
Academy of Political and Social Science, 628(1): 30–46. PDFLeonard, David K., et al. (2010). “Does Patronage
Still Drive Politics for the Rural Poor in the Developing World? A
Comparative Perspective from the Livestock Sector.” Development
and Change, 41(3): 475–494. PDFMoehler, Devra C. and Staffan I. Lindberg. (2009)
“Narrowing the Legitimacy Gap: Turnovers as a Cause of Democratic
Consolidation.” Journal of Politics, 71(4):
1448–1466.PDFMoehler, Devra C. (2009) “Critical Citizens and
Submissive Subjects: Election Losers and Winners in Africa.”
British Journal of Political Science, 39(2): 345–366.
PDFMoehler, Devra C. (2007) “Participation in
Transition: Mobilizing Ugandans in Constitution Making.”
Studies in Comparative International Development,
42(2): 164–190. PDFMoehler, Devra C. (2006) “Participation and
Support for the Constitution in Uganda.” Journal of Modern
African Studies, 44(2): 275–308. PDFBook
Chapters and ReportMoehler, Devra C. (2012). “Critical Citizens and
Submissive Subjects: Election Losers and Winners in Africa.” In
Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa, ed M.
Bratton. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. LinkMoehler, Devra C. (2011). “Participatory
Constitution Making in Uganda.” In Accountability through
Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action. S. Odugbemi and
T. Lee. Washington, DC: World Bank, 235-254. PDFMoehler, Devra C. (2013). "Democracy, Governance
and Randomised Media Assistance." BBC Media Action Bridging
Theory and Practice Research Dissemination Series, Working
Paper Issue 4, Available from: LinkWork in
ProgressConroy-Krutz, Jeffrey and Devra C. Moehler.
“Partisan Media and Engagement: A Field Experiment in a Newly
Liberalized System” PDF
American Political Science
Association (APSA) Experimental Research Section Best Paper
AwardAPSA Comparative Politics Section
Sage Best Paper Award, Honorable Mention Conroy-Krutz, Jeffrey and Devra C. Moehler.
“Moderation from Bias: A Field Experiment on Partisan Media in a New
Democracy” PDFMoehler, Devra C., Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz and
Rosario Aguilar Pariente. “Partisan Cues and Vote Choice in New
Multiparty Systems” PDFConroy-Krutz, Jeffrey and Devra C. Moehler.
“Ethnic Cues and Ballot Design.” PDFMoehler, Devra C., Laura Silver and Felicity
Duncan. “Pro and Anti-Americanism in Sub-Saharan Africa.” PDFDaniller, Andrew M., Laura Silver, and Devra C.
Moehler. “Calling it Wrong: Partisan Media Effects on Electoral
Expectations and Institutional Trust.”Allen, Douglas and Devra C. Moehler. “Loud and
Clear: Effects of Extreme and Homogenous Partisan Media
Devra and Eleanor Marchant “Constitutional Legitimacy and the Dimensions
of Participatory Constitution-Making.”Brown, Chris and Devra C. Moehler. “Measuring the
Effects of Partisan Rhetoric on Attention and Influence in the Political
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