An interview with Elizabeth Zechmeister, Director of the LAPOP project at Vanderbilt University

Zechmeister joins the two gringos to talk about the LAPOP project, polling during COVID-19, and more.


Global Americans and the Canadian Council for the Americas present “Two Gringos with Questions,” an interview series featuring political and cultural leaders from across the Americas.

In this episode, Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, Director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University. Zechmeister talks to hosts Chris and Ken about public opinion in Latin America, polling during COVID-19 and more.

Dr. Elizabeth Zechmeister is a Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on comparative political behavior and public opinion, particularly in Latin America.

She has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Behavior, among other outlets. Dr. Zechmeister is co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Latin American Party Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2010). She is co-editor of The Latin American Voter: Pursuing Representation and Accountability in Challenging Contexts (University of Michigan Press, 2015). 

In 2012, she was the recipient of the Vanderbilt A&S Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and in 2015 she received the Vanderbilt Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Professor Zechmeister received her B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, M.A. from University of Chicago in 1996, and her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2003. 

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