Policy Chats
Policy Chats
Oct 30, 2020
2020 Election: Who is Voting and Why?
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In this episode, Professor of Political Science Jennifer Merolla and political science graduate students Mai Nguyen Do and Sarah Hayes talk with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about why the female, Black, and youth vote are so important.

About : Jennifer Merolla

Jennifer L. Merolla is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on how the political environment shapes individual attitudes and behavior across many domains such as candidate evaluations during elections, immigration policy attitudes, foreign policy attitudes, and support for democratic values and institutions.

Learn more about Jennifer Merolla via https://politicalscience.ucr.edu/people/faculty/jennifer-merolla/

About Mai Nguyen Do:

My name is Mai Nguyen Do. I work as a researcher for AAPI Data and am a PhD student in the political science department. I'm particularly interested in migration, Southeast Asian refugees in the United States, and Asian American politics more generally.

Learn more about Mai Nguyen Do via https://socialinnovation.ucr.edu/mai-nguyen-do

About Sarah Hayes:

Sarah Hayes is a second year graduate student in the political science department. Her focus is American Politics with a focus in Black and Electoral politics. Sarah spends her time as a research associate for Center of Social Innovation working on projects to advance racial equity in the IE.

Podcast Highlights:

“...and so for women who really care about these issues, it's really important to become involved, to vote, to show up, to engage in your communities to try to address some of those areas where women still have a great deal of progress to make.”

-       Jennifer Merolla on the topic of the female vote.

“Young voters and young people are energized right now, the trouble is translating that energy into casting their ballot.”

-       Mai Nguyen Do on the topic of Gen Z and Millennials voting.

“What we have seen is a lot of ramped up attention surrounding Black politics, but also Black voting as well.”

-       Sarah Hayes on the topic of recent political events emphasizing Black voices and needs.


Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

Andrea Rayas (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

Music by:

C Codaine



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This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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