The Center for Election Innovation & Research Welcomes Christopher Mann as New Research Director

January 2024 1 min read by The CEIR Team

The Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR) is thrilled to announce that Christopher Mann PhD is joining our team as our new Research Director. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from a rich career spanning three decades in research on election administration and policy.

Chris has served as an Associate Professor of Political Science at Skidmore College, Director of the Academy of Applied Politics at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. He earned his PhD in Political Science from Yale University. His research, focused on election administration, election policy, and voting behavior, has been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals.

Prior to his academic career, he led civic organizations, worked as a research consultant, and served as a legislative aide to Congress. He has served on several advisory boards, including the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, Pew’s Voter Registration Modernization Working Group, and the Election Performance Index Advisory Group. Most recently, Chris was the Senior Research Officer for the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.

Beyond elections and voting, Chris is the founder of Geography of Hope, a scholarship program that enables low-income urban teens to engage in summer outdoor education programs.

As Research Director, Chris will lead CEIR’s growing program of research initiatives, including matters pertaining to voter registration, voter access, election integrity and security, and election policy. He will set goals aligned with CEIR’s mission and provide the research team with strategic direction on how to reach those goals, all while ensuring the rigor, integrity, and quality of all research activities.

Chris’s appointment at CEIR is a testament to his lifelong dedication to enhancing democratic processes and civic participation. We are proud to welcome him to the team.

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