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Gadarian discusses the politics behind face masks on You Are Not So Smart podcast

Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science, explains that face masks, during the COVID-19 pandemic, became politicized and that we need to prevent a similar reaction when it comes time to convince the public they should get vaccinated for a similar public health crisis. 

July 29, 2020

Gadarian cited in FiveThirtyEight article on COVID-19, partisan divide

Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science, says she was surprised to see such enormous divides emerge as the pandemic wore on, as according to other research she’s conducted, moments of extreme anxiety and uncertainty can actually make people more open to new sources of information.

July 24, 2020

Gadarian quoted in NY Times article on face mask use in the US

"The big takeaway of all of the data is partisanship is the big determinant of all of the behavior," says Associate Professor of Political Science Shana Gadarian.

July 20, 2020

Gadarian quoted in LA Times article on GOP politicians and coronavirus

Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science, says people tend to get cues from their elected officials. "The political leaders of the Republican party for a long time have not had a consistent message about what keeps people safe," Gadarian says.

July 6, 2020

David Bennett Knows America

Probably no one knows American history like David H. Bennett. He’s been teaching it at Maxwell for more than 50 years.
Though retired, he will teach his recent-history course one last time this fall.
. . . Because David Bennett sees history being made before our very eyes.
June 21, 2020

Reeher quoted in The Hill article on increasing polarization, COVID-19

The polarization of American life had been going on for years before Trump was even a political figure, says Grant Reeher, professor of political science. But, "what is different now [the COVID-19 pandemic], and what gives this a sharper edge is the fact that emotions are running so high."

May 19, 2020

Gadarian research on partisanship, COVID-19 cited in LA Times, Slate

 75% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans said they wore masks in public, finds a study conducted by Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science, and her colleagues.

May 19, 2020

Gadarian discusses partisan divide around COVID-19 with Christian Science Monitor

“People are taking their cues from political leadership and from doctors, and to the extent that those are different, people will turn to their more trusted sources,” says Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science.

May 11, 2020

Gadarian quoted in Huffington Post article on coronavirus, partisanship

"Normally, I think that people take cues from the president but since his messaging has been relatively muddled... people seem to be filling in their preferred position for his," says Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science. 

April 30, 2020

Gadarian featured in Vox article on anxiety, coronavirus, and politics

"We’ve recommended that the medical experts be up front and center, and the political leaders take a step back and defer to the doctors and to the head of the health agencies, because that’s who anxious people want to hear from," says Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science.

April 28, 2020

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