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 December 2016, 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 (more info and order form here).
Please feel free to contact me with questions about me or my work at shauna.shames<at>rutgers.edu