Tervo is a J.D. candidate at Duke Law School and a research consultant in the Harvard Government Department. She is the co-editor (with Theda Skocpol) of Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance (Oxford University Press 2020). Her research focuses on citizen grassroots organizing and on state and local political party building. Overarching themes in her writings include partisan shifts and politically engaged special interest groups.