Shauna L.  Shames
Associate Professor, Political ScienceRutgers-Camden (with tenure)
Ph.D. in American Government, Harvard University

I am Associate Professor of Political Science and the Gender Studies program director at Rutgers-Camden. My primary area of academic interest is American political behavior, with a focus on race, gender, and politics.  In 2017, my book based on my dissertation research ("Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why it Matters") was published by NYU Press.  In 2018, my edited volume ("The Right Women: Republican Activists, Candidates, and Legislators", co-edited by Malliga Och) was released through Praeger Press.  In 2019, Columbia Press published my co-authored (with Amy Atchison) book on dystopian government, "Survive & Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics."  And in 2020, Temple University published "Good Reasons to Run: Women & Political Candidacy," which I co-edited with Rachel Bernhard, Mirya Holman, and Dawn Teele. 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 design and teach courses 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). 

Please feel free to contact me with questions about me or my work at shauna.shames<at>rutgers.edu