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Shana Kushner Gadarian

Shana Kushner Gadarian

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200 Eggers Hall

Shana Kushner Gadarian

Professor, Political Science Department

Associate Dean for Research, Maxwell School

Merle Goldberg Fabian Professor of Excellence in Citizenship and Critical Thinking

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Senior Research Associate, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research


  • 2023 Fall
    • MAX 201 Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences
  • 2022 Fall
    • MAX 201 Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences
  • 2022 Spring
    • PSC 722 Surveys and Experiments

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2008

Areas of Expertise

American politics, political psychology, political communication, public opinion, experimental methods

Research Interests

Broadly, my research is concerned with political behavior and communication in American politics. Specifically, my work centers on explaining how the broad political environment, including elites and the media, affects what types of policies Americans want and how they behave politically. In particular, my scholarship asks how politics operates during times of crisis and whether Americans react in similar ways when politics is more serene compared to times of actual or perceived threat.

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Pandemic Politics: How COVID-19 Revealed the Depths of Partisan Polarization", Sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

"Partisanship, Outgroup Prejudice, and Public Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic", Sponsored by Russell Sage Foundation.

"Measuring emotion about immigration in the United States", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant.

"Disruption, Social Capital and Resilience: A Longitudinal and Comparative Approach", Sponsored by Institute for Social Research.

Selected Publications

Presentations and Events

University-Wisconsin-Milwaukee (April, 2024)

Kent State University (November, 2023)

COVID19 & Policy: Looking Backward & Looking Forward, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Maxwell School, Campbell Public Affairs Institute (May 19, 2023)

Princeton University (April, 2023)

Roper Center (April, 2023)

Northwestern University (March, 2023)

Rutgers University (March, 2023)

University of IL-Chicago (January, 2023)

Brigham Young University (October, 2022)

University of Texas-Tyler (May, 2022)

University of California-Berkeley (April, 2022)

Marshall University (March, 2022)

Bucknell University (February, 2022)

Harvard University (February, 2022)

University of Wisconsin (November, 2021)

Syracuse University, Center for Policy Studies (September, 2021)

National Center for the Humanities (September, 2021)

Dartmouth College (April, 2021)

Princeton University, CSDP (February, 2021)

American University (November, 2020)

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (October, 2020)

University of Amsterdam, Hot Politics Lab (April, 2020)

Cornell University (February, 2020)

American Political Science Association (2020)

American Political Science Association (2020)

Syracuse University, Conversations in Conflict (November, 2019)

Texas Tech University (September, 2019)

George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs (February, 2019)

Midwest Political Science Association (2019)

American Political Science Association (2019)

Midwest Political Science Association (2004 - 2019)

Syracuse University Social Psych Brownbag (January, 2019)

Honors and Accolades

Best Books of 2023, Foreign Affairs (2023)

Andrew Carnegie Fellow, Carnegie Corporation of New York (2021 - 2023)

Doris Graber award, APSA (Political communication section) (2021)

Neal Tate Award, Southern Political Science Association Annual (2018 - 2018)

Best Paper Award, MPSA (2017)