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Maryann K

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at University of Notre Dame


Civic engagement, mobilization, race/ethnic politics, gender, authoritarianism, religion/politics, political psychology, political participation, constitutional studies, Supreme Court


Hello! My name is Maryann. I am a research and evaluation professional based in Washington, D.C. with a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. I am open to mentoring students on research projects and presentations in various subject areas, including politics, civics, political economy, and journalism. If you think we would be a good fit, reach out! I am happy to help.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Strategies for Political Mobilization of Citizens Who Cannot Read

A research paper that explores strategies for increasing voter mobilization amongst American citizens who struggle to read. We will review the literature on education, political mobilization, and literacy rates in the United States, then evaluate the pros- and cons- of adopting strategies for increasing literacy and voter mobilization at the state- and national-levels. There is potential to integrate original findings from basic statistical analysis into the paper depending on student interest. Students will finish the project with a greater understanding of how literacy affects civic and political life in the United States, advanced writing skills, and a 10-15 page draft journal article.

Coding skills


Teaching experience

Ph.D. Candidate & Instructor of Record at University of Notre Dame; Instructor of Record at Georgetown University; Volunteer Tutor


Work experience

Sensis (2020 - Current)
Challenge Strategist
Georgetown University (2019 - 2020)
Postdoctoral Fellow
SHRM (2024 - Current)
Senior Researcher


Oberlin College
BA Bachelor of Arts (2014)
Law and Society
University of Notre Dame
MA Master of Arts (2016)
Political Science
University of Notre Dame
PhD Doctor of Philosophy (2019)
Political Science

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