Cheryl Boudreau

Cheryl Boudreau Portrait

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679 Kerr Hall
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • Ph.D., Political Science, UC San Diego, 2007
  • M.A., Political Science, UC San Diego, 2005
  • B.S., Political Science and Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2003
  • (summa cum laude: Phi Beta Kappa)


Cheryl Boudreau is a professor in the political science department at the University of California, Davis. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003.

Boudreau's research examines whether and when different types of political information help uninformed voters to make political decisions that improve their welfare. This information may come from trusted endorsers, encouraging citizens to vote for a particular candidate or initiative, or from politicians competing in a debate. Citizens may also rely on the statements their peers make during discussions, the opinions of the masses (as reflected in public opinion polls), or the detailed policy information contained in voter guides. Using laboratory and survey experiments, as well as observational studies, Boudreau's research sheds light on when these different types of information help uninformed voters to behave as though they are more informed.


  • Boudreau, C., Elmendorf, C. S., & MacKenzie, S. A. (2015) Lost in space? Information shortcuts, spatial voting, and local government representation, Political Research Quarterly 68(4): 843-855.
  • Boudreau, C. (2015) Read but not heard? Engaging junior scholars in efforts to make political science relevant, PS: Political Science and Politics 48: 51-54.
  • Boudreau, C., Christopher S. Elmendorf, C. S., & Scott A. MacKenzie, S. A. (2015) Informing electorates via election law: An experimental study of partisan endorsements and nonpartisan voter guides in local elections, Election Law Journal 14(1): 2-23.
  • Gerber, A., Arceneaux, K., Boudreau, C., Dowling, C., Hillygus, S., Palfrey, T., Biggers, D. R., & Hendry, D. J. (2014) Reporting guidelines for experimental research: A report from the Experimental Research Section Standards Committee, Journal of Experimental Political Science 1(1): 81-98.
  • Boudreau, C., & MacKenzie, S. A. (2014) Informing the electorate? How party cues and policy information affect public opinion about initiatives, American Journal of Political Science 58(1): 48-62.
  • Boudreau, C. (2013) Gresham’s Law of Political Communication: How citizens respond to conflicting information, Political Communication 30(2): 193-212.
  • Boudreau, C. (2012) Greater than the sum of their parts? When combinations of institutions improve citizens’ decisions. Journal of Theoretical Politics 24(1): 90-109.