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Shana Kushner Gadarian

Associate Professor, Political Science

Shana Gadarian

Contact Information

315 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3718
Curriculum Vitae
Shana Gadarian CV

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute


Ph.D., Princeton University, 2008


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

Personal Website


Introduction to American Politics, Media and Politics



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).   

Book Chapters

Albertson, Bethany and Shana Kushner Gadarian. Forthcoming. “Who’s Afraid of Immigration? The Effects of Pro- and Anti-Immigrant Threatening Ads among Latinos, African Americans and Whites.” Immigration and Public Opinion in the Liberal Democracies. Gary Freeman, Randall Hansen, and David Leal, eds. Routledge Press.

Gadarian, Shana Kushner and Richard Lau. 2011. “Campaign Ads: What Can We Learn from Experimentation?” The Handbook of Experimental Political Science. James Druckman, Donald Green, James Kuklinski, and Arthur Lupia, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Research Projects

Anxious Politics (with Bethany Albertson)
What is the role of anxiety in contemporary political debates, like immigration, the economic crisis or the recent H1N1 scare? Current research on anxiety tends to portray it in a positive light: anxiety makes people seek out information and anxious citizens are more likely to base their political decisions on new information rather than standing decisions such as partisanship. We expect that anxiety may increase information seeking but bias citizens toward threatening news. Additionally, we explore how anxiety over policy issues influences the public’s trust in government.

Genetic Risk and Gender (with Rene Almeling)
Risk has become a central preoccupation across the social sciences, as political scientists, sociologists, and economists study how governments, individuals, and markets manage uncertainty. In these studies, risk emanates from various domains of social life, from the organization of modern societies to terrorism to new financial products. In each of these cases, the threat is external to the individual; the risk comes from elsewhere and the individual has little control over it. In this study, we wish to focus on a form of risk that has received less attention: risk that comes from inside the body, what we are conceptualizing as internal risks. In particular, we are interested in analyzing how individuals respond to genetic risks. We use a survey experiment to assess whether women and men have similar reactions to genetic risk, and whether being exposed to these individual-level risks translates into support for government research.

Research Grants and Awards

Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences Grant, National Science Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pilot Project Grant

Bobst Foundation for Peace and Justice Project Grant, Princeton University

SU Affiliations

Campbell Public Affairs Institute

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