lynn VAVRECK is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA and a regular contributor to THE UPSHOT at the New York Times. At UCLA she teaches courses and writes about campaigns, elections, and public opinion. She is a 2015 winner of the Andrew F. Carnegie Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences and in 2020 was elected in to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the Prose Award in Government and Politics from the Association of American Publishers.
Professor Vavreck is the author (with John Sides) of The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election, named one of the best political books of the year by Slate Magazine, the National Journal, Vox.com, and The Fix. Political consultant Stanley Greenberg referred to her work in The Message Matters: The Economy and Presidential Campaigns as “required reading” for anyone contemplating a run for the White House. Her book on the 2016 election, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Election & the Battle for the Meaning of America (also with John Sides and Michael Tesler) was labeled the "most ominous" book of 2016 by The Washington Post.
She has served on the advisory boards of both the British and American National Election Studies and is the co-founder of the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project and The Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project. She is the recipient of multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and awards for her work on political advertising and elections. Professor Vavreck holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester and has previously worked at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and The White House.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she remains a loyal Browns fan and is a "known equestrian" -- to draw on a phrase from the 2012 presidential election.