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Shana Kushner Gadarian

Shana Kushner Gadarian

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Shana Kushner Gadarian

Professor and Chair, Political Science Department

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


PSC 121: American National Government
PSC 315: Politics and Media
MAX 201: Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
PSC 691: Logic of Political Inquiry
PSC 700: 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 Grant Awards and Projects


2019 Neal Tate Award for best paper in judicial politics at the 2018 Southern Political Science Association Annual meeting (with Logan Strother)

2018 Best Paper Award in American Politics at the 2017 Midwest Political Science Association Meeting for “Voting is Hard: Information Can Help” (with Melody Crowder-Meyer and Jessica Trounstine)

2017 Best Paper Award, Urban and Local Politics Section at APSA 2016 meeting, for “A Different Kind of Disadvantage: Candidate Race, Electoral Institutions, and Voter Choice” (with Jessica Trounstine, Melody Crowder-Meyer, Kau Vue)

Co-winner, Robert E. Lane Award for best book in political psychology, APSA 2016

Co-winner, Sophonisba Breckenridge Award, awarded for the best paper on gender and politics, at  the 2015 MPSA Meeting, for “Complex Interactions: Candidate Race, Sex, Electoral Institutions, and Voter Choice” 

Moynihan Prize for outstanding non-tenured member of the Maxwell School faculty, 2015 

Co-winner, Gosnell Prize for Political Methodology, 2014, awarded for the best work in political methodology presented at any political science conference during the preceding year for “Structural Topic Models for Open Ended Responses with Applications to Surveys and Experiments”

Fellowships and Grants

Carnegie Fellowship for "Pandemic Politics: How COVID-19 Revealed the Depths of Partisan Polarization" (up to $200,000), 2021

National Science Foundation RAPID for “Public Responses to Novel Coronavirus” ($53,000 with Sara Wallace Goodman and Tom Pepinsky), 2020

Cornell Center for Social Sciences COVID Rapid Grant for “Public Responses to Novel Coronavirus” ($22,500 with Sara Wallace Goodman and Tom Pepinsky), 2020

Syracuse Program for Collaboration and Conflict Mini-grant for “Public Responses to Novel Coronavirus” ($2,000 with Sara Wallace Goodman and Tom Pepinsky), 2020

New America Foundation, Electoral Reform Research Group for “Ranked Choice Voting and Voter Choices” ($19,000 with Melody Crowder-Meyer and Jessica Trounstine), 2020

Syracuse Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellent (CUSE) Grant for “Measuring Emotion about Immigration in the United States” ($28,000 with Lu Xiao), 2020

Norwegian Research Council Grant for “Disruption, Social Capital and Resilience: A Longitudinal and Comparative Approach” (with Kari Steen-Johnson, Atte Oksanen, Francisco Herreros, Bernard Enroljas, Øyvind Bugge Solheim), 2015-2018

Maxwell Dean’s Office, Summer Project Grant, 2015

Campbell Institute Mini-grants (2012, 2014)

Appleby-Mosher Faculty Grant (2011-2014, 2016)

National Science Foundation: Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, (with Bethany Albertson) (2011)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pilot Project Grant (with Rene Almeling) (2010)

National Science Foundation: Time Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences and Department of Homeland Security Grant, (2008 Winner, Special Competition)

National Science Foundation: Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (with Bethany Albertson)

Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Washington, Grant (with Bethany Albertson) 

Princeton Policy Research Institute for the Region, Grant 

Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, Grant 



Albertson, Bethany and Shana Kushner Gadarian. 2015. Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World. New York: Cambridge University Press. -Awarded 2016 APSA Robert E. Lane Award for best book in political psychology 

Selected articles

Makkonen, Anna, Atte Oksanen, Shana Kushner Gadarian, Francisco Herreros, Marte Slagsvold Winsvold, Øyvind Bugge Solheim, Bernard Enjolras, Kari Steen-Johnsen. 2020.  Fear-Triggering Effects of Terrorism Threats: Cross-country Comparison in a Terrorism News Scenario Experiment. Personality and Individual Differences. Vol. 161.

Enjolras, Bernard, Kari Steen-Johnsen, Francisco Herreros, Øyvind Bugge Solheim, Marte Slagsvold Winsvold, Shana Kushner Gadarian, and Atte Oksanen. 2019. "Does Trust Prevent Fear in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks?" Perspectives on Terrorism 13, no. 4: 39-55.

Crowder-Meyer, Melody, Shana Kushner Gadarian, Jessica Trounstine. 2019. Voting Can Be Hard: Information Can Help. Urban Affairs Review.

Crowder-Meyer, Melody, Shana Kushner Gadarian, and Jessica Trounstine. 2015. Electoral Institutions, Gender Stereotypes, and Women’s Local Representation. Politics, Groups, and Identities. 3(2): 318-334.

Almeling, Rene and Shana Kushner Gadarian. 2014. Reacting to Genetic Risk: An Experimental Survey of Life between Health and Disease. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 55(4): 482-503.

Gadarian, Shana Kushner. 2010. Foreign Policy at the Ballot Box: How Citizens Use Foreign Policy to Judge and Choose Candidates. Journal of Politics. 72(4): 1046-1062.

Gadarian, Shana Kushner. 2010. The Politics of Threat: How Terrorism News Shapes Foreign Policy Attitudes. Journal of Politics. 72(2):469-483. 

Gershkoff, Amy and Shana A. Kushner. 2005. “The 9/11-Iraq Connection: How the Bush Administration’s Rhetoric in the Iraq Conflict Shifted Public Opinion.” Perspectives on Politics. 3(3).