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Thessalia Merivaki

Dr. Thessalia Merivaki

Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Phone: (662) 325-2711
Email: lia.merivaki@pspa.msstate.edu

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Thessalia Merivaki is an Assistant Professor in American Politics at Mississippi State University. Her research focuses on the empirical assessment of election reforms on the administration of elections across the American states. Her research agenda is situated within the growing field of Election Sciences, which includes the study of election reforms, election administration, as well as election data accessibility and transparency. She is interested in the impact of election reforms on local election administration, as well as the impact on local election administration on equal access to the voting process. At Mississippi State, she is collaborating with the Stennis Institute of Government in order to thoroughly document election administrative practices across Mississippi’s 82 counties, and investigate the quality of voter list maintenance. This project is funded by the MIT Election Sciences and Data lab through the New Initiatives Grant. She is also expanding her work on provisional voting with her co-author Daniel A. Smith (University of Florida) by merging individual provisional voting data and individual rejected voter registration applications from North Carolina, in order to more accurately assess the dynamics behind casting a valid provisional vote and the disproportionate impact of voter registration on the newly registered, as well as the frequently mobile electorate.


Dr. Merivaki is working with the Center for Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Mississippi State University on a project that aims to assess the influence of Twitter on the campaign information flow during in the 2016 Presidential election. The project aims to geolocate tweets in support and opposition of the two major presidential candidates and track the flow of tweets pre- and post-election, and compare the rates of U.S. and foreign geolocated tweets.


Thessalia is native Greek, born and raised in Athens. She finished her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki Greece, and graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK with a Master’s degree in International Studies. Thessalia worked in Brussels, Belgium during the European Parliament Election Campaign in 2009, and in August that year she began her graduate studies in the Political Campaigning Program at the University of Florida. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Florida in 2016 (Gainesville, Florida).

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Department of Political Science
and Public Administration
Department Phone: 662.325.2711
Department Fax: 662.325.2716
Mailing Address: P. O. Box PC
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Department Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Email address:polscipubadm@pspa.msstate.edu