Associate Professor and
Director of Graduate Studies
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
Cheryl Boudreau is an associate professor in the political science department at the University of California, Davis. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003.
Boudreau's research examines whether and when different types of political information help uninformed voters to make political decisions that improve their welfare. This information may come from trusted endorsers, encouraging citizens to vote for a particular candidate or initiative, or from politicians competing in a debate. Citizens may also rely on the statements their peers make during discussions, the opinions of the masses (as reflected in public opinion polls), or the detailed policy information contained in voter guides. Using laboratory and survey experiments, as well as observational studies, Boudreau's research sheds light on when these different types of information help uninformed voters to behave as though they are more informed.
- American Politics:
Political behavior, political communication, political psychology.