I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of Rutgers-Camden. I received my Ph.D. from Harvard in May, 2014. My primary area of academic interest is American political behavior, with a focus on race, gender, and politics. For my dissertation research, I conducted and analyzed data from an original survey and a set of in-depth interviews about potential candidates' expectations about politics, political campaigns, and serving in elective office. I have published articles, reports, and book chapters on women as candidates, black women in Congress, comparative child care policy, work/family conflict, abortion, feminism in the U.S. and internationally, gay and lesbian rights, and U.S. public opinion. I have designed and taught courses (as an instructor and as a teaching fellow/assistant) on race, class, gender, American politics, women's studies, the history of feminism, freshman writing, and futuristic fiction, and I have lectured widely on gender, race, and politics. I am also a member of the Scholars Strategy Network (profile here). Starting in January 2017, my book based on my dissertation research ("Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why it Matters") will be available through NYU Press.
Please feel free to contact me with questions about me or my work at shauna.shames<at>rutgers.edu