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Shana Kushner Gadarian

Associate Professor, Political Science

Shana Gadarian

Contact Information

315 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3718

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



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

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).

Research Projects

Research Grants and Awards


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”


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 

SU Affiliations

Campbell Public Affairs Institute

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