Research interest: Mona studies how technology and new media affect political knowledge, attitudes and behavior. She also examines the role of race and gender in American political opinion and behavior, and she has a significant interest in survey and experimental research.
Mona is trained as a political psychologist and uses experiments and surveys in her research. A lot of her upcoming research is on race (and sometimes gender) and politics, but her published work fits squarely in traditional political behavior and public opinion scholarship. Her work has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, The International Journal of Press and Politics, and the Journal of Political Marketing. Mona is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Current research: Mona is keenly interested in the political effects of the incorporation of technology into routine cognitive functions. Her research addresses whether we can google our way through politics and the question of what civic competence looks like when people use the internet as an extension of their own mind, as well as, whether algorithm-driven information (should) affect our notion of having "free will."
She is also interested in the intersection of race and new technology (e.g. the effect of internet use by marginalized groups and political knowledge; facebook and ethnic conflict).
Furthermore, Mona works on white racial resentment. She is interested in the operationalization of resentment and the role of white identity in the formation of policy positions (e.g. resistance to affirmative action, universal health care, reparations, etc).
Teaching: Mona enjoys teaching and advising students. At UML, her courses include "Introduction to American Politics," "The Politics of Race and Ethnicity," and the upper level seminar on "Political Communication." She also teaches the service-learning "Practicum," and often finds herself chatting with students over coffee about classes, politics, and career aspirations. Other courses she has taught include "Public Opinion," "Introduction to Research Methods," and "Constitutional Law."
Personal: Mona lives with her husband and their two small children in the beautiful Hudson Valley, N.Y. where she tries to spend as much time as she can outside with her kids. She is a native of Munich, Germany.