Mary Monti

Mary Monti conducts research work with both the Research, Evaluating, and Modernizing Government and Center for Presidential Transition teams to support the Partnership’s mission of promoting better government and smoother presidential transitions. Her interest in government first arose as she witnessed chaotic events like the COVID pandemic and January 6th and she developed this interest in policy, politics, and polarization at Duke University. Here her studies of public policy and psychology allowed her to explore why and how people develop and express political beliefs, culminating on a thesis about the ways that civic education curricula are manipulated to teach certain political beliefs. Her favorite public servant is Liz Cheney, for her willingness to uphold the foundations of government following January 6th despite the personal costs.