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Gadarian’s ‘Pandemic Politics’ Named a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2023

January 5, 2024

The associate dean’s research for the book was supported by a prestigious Carnegie Fellowship.

Shana Kushner Gadarian

Shana Kushner Gadarian

A book co-authored by Shana Kushner Gadarian, professor of political science and associate dean for research at the Maxwell School, has been ranked among the best books of 2023 by Foreign Affairs magazine.

“Pandemic Politics: The Deadly Toll of Partisanship in the Age of COVID” (Princeton University Press, 2022) was reviewed by Foreign Affairs in January 2023. Reviewer Jessica T. Matthews called it a "sophisticated study, based on voluminous data, of U.S. politics as revealed by the strains and stresses of the pandemic.”

The book is the culmination of research by Gadarian and co-authors Sara Wallace Goodman, Chancellor’s Fellow and Dean’s Professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, and Thomas B. Pepinsky, Walter F. LaFeber Professor of Government and director of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, and nonresident senior fellow at the Brooking Institution. It draws on data on public opinion to show how pandemic politics has touched Americans’ lives—from the economy to race and immigration—and puts the country’s COVID-19 response in global perspective.

Gadarian’s research focuses on American politics and public opinion, with a recent focus on the pandemic. In 2021, she was awarded a prestigious Carnegie Fellowship, the so-called “brainy award” that provides up to $200,000, to support her work on “Pandemic Politics.”

Gadarian began as associate dean on Jan. 1. She previously served as chair of political science and was the inaugural Merle Goldberg Fabian Professor of Excellence in Citizenship and Critical Thinking.

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