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Mara Ostfeld

Faculty Associate


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Research Scientist, Ford School of Public Policy


PhD Political Science 2013 University of Pennsylvania


Mara Ostfeld’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Mara Ostfeld broadly focuses on the relationship between race, media and political attitudes. She is currently working on projects exploring how exposure to Spanish-language political media affects patterns of Latino political identification, and the effect of different media frames on attitudes toward immigration policy. Beyond this research, her work has explored the implications of different survey methods when studying racial and ethnic minorities. She has published work in Political Communication and Political Psychology. Mara received her PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. During national elections, Mara also works as an analyst at NBC and Telemundo.


Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4412, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–936–0094
Fax: 734–764–3341
Email: [email protected]

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Selected Publications

Please also see Mara Ostfeld’s Curriculum Vitae (CV).

“Revisiting The Effects Of Case Studies In The News.” (2014). Political Communication (with Diana Mutz).

“The Backyard Politics of Attitudes Toward Immigration.” (Forthcoming). Political Psychology.

“The Consequences of Priming Latino Political Identity on Self-Reported Survey Attitudes.” Under Review. (with Francisco Pedraza)

“Unity vs. Uniformity: Within-Group Effects of Targeted Political Media.” In Progress.

“Explicit Cues and Attitudes Toward Immigration Reform.” In Progress. (with Dan Hopkins)