Panelist. Professor Cobb is an associate professor and chair of the Government Department at Suffolk University. She specializes in American elections, electoral politics, and political participation. Since 2006, Professor Cobb has received grants from the United States Election Assistance Commission to establish and continue the University Pollworkers Project, a nonpartisan program designed to recruit college students to serve as poll workers in response nationwide shortages. The University Pollworkers Project has also worked with the City of Boston to develop specialized training programs for poll workers in the city. Since 2008, Professor Cobb has conducted exit polling research in every federal election in the City of Boston. Her most recent work, published in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, focuses on whether voter ID laws can be administered in a race neutral manner. Professor Cobb is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received her Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has provided political commentary and analysis on NECN, WGBH's Greater Boston, and WGBH's Boston Public Radio. She has never performed Shakespeare or acted in plays, but was a pianist in her youth. One of her early compositions was featured in a dramatization of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble in second grade.