Dona-Gene Mitchell

Dona-Gene Mitchell

Assistant Professor

At A Glance

524 Oldfather Hall


Dona-Gene Mitchell's research and teaching interests involve American political behavior. Drawing heavily on relevant psychological perspectives while keeping the real world of politics in sight her work focuses on better understanding how and how well citizens use political information to inform their judgments.

Research Areas

  • Political Behavior
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Psychology

Current Research

Her current projects aim to enable improved assessment of the temporal dynamics of opinion formation by exploring the interrelationships among information, campaigns and time. Her research is the first of its kind to use a panel experimental design to better understand the lifespan of information effects as citizens navigate the political world.

Research Grants and Awards

  • Best Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on Political Psychology in 2008
  • UNL Layman Award for project entitled “A Matter of Time: The Temporal Dynamics of Political Opinion Formation.” 2011-2012.
  • University of Nebraska Foundation Fund for Research on the U.S. Congress Grant for the project entitled "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? The Longitudinal Effects of Scandal in Congressional Districts."



  • "It's About Time: The Lifespan of Information Effects in a Multi-Week Campaign." Forthcoming. American Journal of Political Science.
  • Editor, Fault Lines: Why the Republicans Lost Congress. 2009. Routledge. With Jeffery J. Mondak.
  • "Does Familiarity Breed Contempt?: The Impact of Information on Mass Attitudes toward Congress." 2007. American Journal of Political Science 51:34-48. With Jeffery J. Mondak, Edward G. Carmines, Robert Huckfeldt and Scot Schraufnagel.

Career Highlights

  • Joined UNL faculty, 2008.
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
  • Co-host, Cline Conference on the 2006 Congressional Elections sponsored by the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With Jeffery J. Mondak.
  • Administrator, the 2005 National Jury Survey, Florida State University