Published Work

Enos, Ryan, Aaron Kaufman, and Melissa Sands. “Can Violent Protest Change Local Policy Support? Evidence from the Aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles Riot.” Forthcoming at the American Political Science Review. Working draft.


de Kadt, Daniel, and Melissa Sands. "Segregation Drives Racial Voting: New Evidence from South Africa.” Forthcoming at Political Behavior. Working draft.


Sands, Melissa. 2017. “Exposure to Inequality Affects Support for Redistribution.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114 (4): 663-668. Publisher's version.

* Winner of 2017 Best Paper, Public Policy Section of APSA.

* Winner of 2017 Best Paper Award, Political  Psychology Section of APSA.


O’Brien, Daniel Tumminelli, Dietmar Offenhuber, Jesse Baldwin-Philippi, Melissa Sands, and Eric Gordon. 2016. “Uncharted Territoriality in Coproduction: The Motivations for 311 reporting.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 27 (2): 320-335. Publisher's version.

* Honorable Mention, 2018 Radin Award for Best Paper published in JPART.

Under Review

Sands, Melissa, and Daniel de Kadt. “Local exposure to inequality among the poor increases support for taxing the rich.” Under Review. Working draft.


Sands, Melissa. “The Distributive Politics of Education Policy: Party Control of State Government and Transfers to Localities.” Under Review. Working draft.


Sands, Melissa. "'Eyes' on the Street: What Public Camera Feed Data Can Teach Us About Civic and Political Behavior.”  Under Review. Working draft



Ongoing Projects

Dietrich, Bryce, and Melissa Sands. “Using Public Video Feeds to Understand Intergroup Exposure.”


Sands, Melissa. “Crises and Threats in Context: The Boston Marathon Bombings as a Natural Experiment."


King, Gary, and Melissa Sands. “How Human Subject Research Rules Mislead You and Your University, and What to Do About it.”


de Benedictis-Kessner, Justin, Ryan Enos, Michael Hankinson, and Melissa Sands. “Neighborhood Stability and Civic Participation.”


Sands, Melissa, and Daniel de Kadt. 

“Exposure to inequality as an explanation of the Robin Hood paradox.”