Alexandra Reckendorf, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair
827 West Franklin Street, Rm 306
B.A. Political Science, Susquehanna University 2004
M.A. Political Science, University of South Carolina 2013
Ph.D. Political Science, University of South Carolina 2014
Alexandra Reckendorf, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political science and associate chair of VCU's Department of Political Science. She studies public opinion and political behavior in the United States, with particular emphasis on campaign, communication and media effects on candidate evaluation, political knowledge and policy preferences. She also studies factors that promote and suppress voter turnout and other types of civic engagement both inside and outside our formal political institutions. Of particular interest are the differences between the party faithful and those persuadable voters and non-habitual voters in how they become mobilized by well-crafted political messaging that touches on ideological and/or identity-based cross-pressures, especially as they relate to race, ethnicity, religions, gender and class.
Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Reckendorf worked at the Most Magical Place on Earth, Walt Disney World, and was a tour guide for the U.S. Capitol Building and the International Spy Museum.