Devra Moehler, Ph.D.

Phone: 215-573-8366


Comparative political communication, communication and democratization, communication and development, partisan media, African politics, political behavior.


Devra C. 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.


Moehler, Devra C. (2008) Distrusting Democrats: Outcomes of Participatory Constitution-Making. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Duncan, Felicity, Moehler, Devra C., and Laura Silver. (forthcoming) “Pro and Anti-Americanism in Sub- Saharan Africa.” International Journal of Public Opinion Research.PDF
Moehler, 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. PDF
Moehler, Devra C. (2010) “Democracy, Governance, and Randomized Development Assistance.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 628(1): 30–46. PDF
Leonard, 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. PDF
Moehler, 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.PDF
Moehler, Devra C. (2009) “Critical Citizens and Submissive Subjects: Election Losers and Winners in Africa.” British Journal of Political Science, 39(2): 345–366. PDF
Moehler, Devra C. (2007) “Participation in Transition: Mobilizing Ugandans in Constitution Making.” Studies in Comparative International Development, 42(2): 164–190. PDF
Moehler, Devra C. (2006) “Participation and Support for the Constitution in Uganda.” Journal of Modern African Studies, 44(2): 275–308. PDF

Book Chapters and Report
Moehler, 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. Link
Moehler, 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. PDF
Moehler, 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: Link

Work in Progress
Moehler, Devra C., and Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz. “Partisan Media and Engagement: A Field Experiment in a Newly Liberalized System.” Under Review.  PDF
American Political Science Association (APSA) Experimental Research Section Best Paper Award
APSA 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.” Revise and Resubmit at JoP.  PDF
Conroy-Krutz, Jeffrey and Devra C. Moehler. “Faces on the Ballot: Priming Effects and Ethnic Voting in the Developing World.” Under Review.  PDF
Moehler, Devra C., Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz, and Rosario Aguilar Pariente. “Partisan Cues and Vote Choice in New Multiparty Systems.” Under Review.  PDF
Allen, Douglas and Devra C. Moehler. “Loud and Clear: Effects of Extreme and Homogenous Partisan Media Diets.” Under Review.  PDF
Allen, Douglas and Devra C. Moehler. “Media Diet Balance: A Comprehensive Measure of Media Exposure.”
Conroy-Krutz, Jeffrey and Devra C. Moehler. “Partisan Media and Attitudes about Electoral Malfeasance: A Field Experiment in a New Democracy.”
Daniller, Andrew M., Laura Silver, and Devra C. Moehler. “Calling it Wrong: Partisan Media Effects on Electoral Expectations and Institutional Trust.”
Moehler, 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 Blogosphere.”

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