Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina is a PhD candidate in the department of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst specializing in American politics, survey methodology and political psychology. She will use the APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship award to fund travel to the 2016 APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia where she will present part of her dissertation research in her paper “Liar Liar: Response Latencies and Voter Turnout Overreports” at a panel titled “Latino/a Scholars Transforming Political Science.” Ivelisse currently works as a research assistant on the Cooperative Congressional Election Study for which she has collected supplemental data for public use. She is an alumnus of the 2006 class of the APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, holds a Masters degree from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Her research focuses on voter turnout, particularly Latino turnout, and issues of diversity in congressional representation. Her dissertation, “The Deceptive Nature of Voter Turnout Overreports in Survey Research,” examines the social desirability hypothesis of turnout overreports and contends that survey respondents who overreport turn out do so intentionally.
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