Maxwell School

Kristi Andersen

Professor, Political Science


Contact Information

410A Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-9341

Curriculum Vitae
Kristi Andersen CV

Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor
Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence
Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976


American politics, political parties, public opinion, women and politics, immigration


MAX 123: Critical Issues for the United States

PSC 792: Research Design in Political Science 



New Immigrant Communities: Finding a Place in Local Politics. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010.
After Suffrage: Women in Partisan and Electoral Politics Before the New Deal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
The Creation of a Democratic Majority, 1928-1936. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“Parties, Organizations, and the Political Incorporation of Immigrants in Six Cities,” in
Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations and Political Engagement edited by S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Irene Bloemraad. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008.

“In Whose Interest? Political Parties, Context, and the Incorporation of Immigrants,” in New Race Politics: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Politics, edited by Jane Junn and Kerry Haynie. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

“What I Learned (and Re-Learned) When I Ran for Local Office.” PS: Political Science and Politics July 2007, pp. 507-510.

“Political Institutions and Incorporation of Immigrants” (co-authored with Elizabeth F. Cohen),chapter 9 in The Politics of Democratic Inclusion, ed. Christina Wolbrecht and Rodney E. Hero. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005.

“Gender and Public Opinion.” In Understanding Public Opinion, edited by Barbara Norrander and Clyde Wilcox. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1996.

“Women and the Vote in the 1920s: What Happened in Oregon.” Women and Politics 14 (1994): 43-56.

“Gender as a Factor in the Attribution of Leadership Traits” (with Deborah Alexander). Political Research Quarterly (formerly Western Political Quarterly) 46 (September 1993): 527-545.

“Women and Citizenship in the 1920s.” In Women, Politics, and Change, edited by Louise A. Tilly and Patricia Gurin. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1990.

“Public Discourse or Strategic Game? Changes in our Conception of Elections” (with Stuart Thorson). Studies in American Political Development. New Haven: Yale University Press, v. 3 (1989): 263-278.

“Sources of Pro-Family Beliefs: A Cognitive Approach.” Political Psychology 9 (June 1988): 229-243.

“Women, Work and Political Attitudes” (with Elizabeth A. Cook). American Journal of Political Science 29 (August 1985): 606-625.

“Congressional Turnover and the Election of Women” (with Stuart J. Thorson). Western Political Quarterly 37 (March 1984): 143-156.

“Candidate Evaluation by Men and Women” (with Goldie Shabad). Public Opinion Quarterly 43 (Spring 1979): 18-35.

“Working Women and Political Participation, 1952-1972” American Journal of Political Science 19 (August 1975): 439-454.

“Mass Belief Systems Revisited: Political Change and Attitude Structure” (with Norman H. Nie). Journal of Politics 36 (August 1974): 540-591.

Articles, book chapters, and conference papers co-authored with graduate students

“Limited Political Knowledge and the Role Model Effect: What do Young People ‘Know’ about Women’s Representation?” (with Mack Mariani and Lanethea Mathews-Gardner), presented at the Midwest Political Science Association meetings, Chicago, April 2010.

“Local Context as a Factor in Attitudes Toward Immigration” (with Hannah Allerdice), presented at Midwest Political Science Association meetings, Chicago, April 2009.

“Declining Social Capital: The Importance of Institutions” (with McGee Young, Marquette University), Midwest Political Science Association meetings, April 2007.

“Assessing the Impact of a Quantitative Skills Course for Undergraduates,” with Dana Michael Harsell, Journal of Political Science Education 1:1 (2004).

“Adjunct Teaching” (co-authored with Ryan Petersen), in University Teaching: A Guide for Graduate Students, 2nd edition. Stacey Lane Tice, Nicholas Jackson, Leo Lambert, and Peter Englot. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2004.

“Political Parties, NGOs, and Immigrant Incorporation: A Case Study”, with Jessica Wintringham, presented at 2003 meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association.

“A Gender Gap in Publishing? Women’s Representation in Political Science Edited Books” (co-authored with Lanethea Mathews), PS: Political Science and Politics, 34 (March, 2001), pp. 143-147.

“Gender and Student Evaluations of Teaching,” PS: Political Science and Politics 29, June 1997 (with Elizabeth Miller), pp. 216-219.

“Using the Discussion Section to Enhance Student Learning (with Katalin Fabian). In University Teaching: A Guide for Graduate Students, edited by Leo Lambert, Stacey Tice, and Patricia Featherstone. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1996.

“Gender as a Factor in the Attribution of Leadership Traits” (with Deborah Alexander). Political Research Quarterly (formerly Western Political Quarterly) 46 (September 1993): 527-545. 

Research Projects

“Party Reform and Changing Patterns of Associationalism, 1880-1920” (with McGee Young): uses data from late 19th and early 20th century city directories to examine over-time trends in the decline of fraternal organizations and the rise of business and professional organizations; argues that reforms that weakened local political parties were partly responsible for these shifts.

“Immigrants, Political Participation & Trade Unions”(with Erika Wilkens): uses 2002/03 European Social Survey data; examines how one type of civic organisation – trade unions – affects the political participation of immigrants in Western European countries, and in particular examines whether the unions’ role in mobilizing immigrants is greater in pluralist industrial relations systems where unions are weaker and have a greater incentive to actively mobilise and socialise their membership.

“The Impact of Female Candidates on Political Involvement in 2008” (with Emily Thorson): Explores the postulated “role model effect” where women candidates are thought to boost the political interest and participation of women voters. We use the panel component of the 2008 National Annenberg Election Study to focus on the impact (on women’s political participation and trust) of campaigns involving women candidates.
Eventual book-length manuscript on the transformation of the Democratic Party, nationally and in New York State, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. This will bring together information about activities of party leaders and party elites with data on the response of voters, especially groups such as immigrants, working class and union voters, and young voters, during this period.

Papers Done With Students

SU Affiliations

Campbell Public Affairs Institute

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