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. Publisher's version.


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


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.

Working Papers

Sands, Melissa, and Daniel de Kadt. “Local Exposure to Inequality Among the Poor Increases Support for Taxing the Rich.” Working draft.


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


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


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

Selected Projects

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


Hankinson, Michael, Melissa Sands, and Yamil Velez. "The Effects of Residential Stability on Civic Attitudes Via Housing Lottery."


de Benedictis-Kessner, Justin, and Melissa Sands. "Field Experimental Evidence on Smart City Technology and Voter Registration."


Sands, Melissa, and Daniel de Kadt. 

“Exposure to Inequality as an Explanation of the Robin Hood Paradox.”


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