Dept. of Political Science
Medford, MA 02155
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American Politics, Political Psychology
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2000
Debbie Schildkraut received her Ph.D. from Princeton University
and her B.A. from Tufts University. Her courses include the Politics
of Ethnicity and American Identity, Political Psychology, Political
Science Research Methods, Introduction to American Politics, Public
Opinion, and Political Representation in the United States. She is
the author of Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public
Opinion in the Age of Immigration (Cambridge University Press,
2011) and Press 'One' for English: Language Policy, Public
Opinion, and American Identity (Princeton University Press,
2005). Both books examine the implications of the changing ethnic
composition of the United States on public opinion in a variety of
domains. For more on Schildkraut's research, see a project summary from the
Russell Sage Foundation. She has also published articles in the Journal of
Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Political
Research Quarterly, and Perspectives on Politics. She
previously served as an Assistant Professor of Politics at Oberlin
Professor Schildkraut's current project investigates the role that
ethnic and national identification in the United States plays in
shaping attitudes about representation. The result will be a comparative
ethnic analysis about people's views regarding the representative-constituent
relationship and the extent to which politicized identities shape these
views. Issues of diversity and identity underlie many facets of political
representation, and the ways in which we use various institutional
mechanisms for establishing representation are often influenced by the
degree of ethnic heterogeneity that communities face. Thus, our increasing
diversity renders it important to assess whether people with various group
attachments and perceptions of belonging (or mistreatment) feel "just like
other Americans" regarding those mechanisms or whether new perspectives
are emerging. Aspects of representation examined in this project include
attitudes about electoral competition and politically homogenous communities,
descriptive representation and redistricting, the trustee model of
representation versus the delegate model, direct democracy, the priorities
of elected officials, and the validity of non-elected entities as avenues
PS11: Introduction to American Politics
PS103: Political Science Research Methods
PS109: The Politics of Ethnicity and American Identity
PS111: Political Psychology
PS114: Political Representation in the United States
Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Global Politics,
12th edition, with Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey Berry, and Jerry
Goldman, Cengage Learning, 2014.
Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration,
Cambridge University Press, 2011.
-- Winner, Robert E. Lane award for the best book in political psychology published
in 2011 by the Political Psychology Organized Section of the American Political Science Association.
Press 'One' for English: Language Policy, Public Opinion, and American Identity,
Princeton University Press, 2005.
Articles and Book Chapters
- "The Complicated Constituency: A Study of Immigrant Opinions
about Political Representation," Politics, Groups, and
- "Which Birds of a Feather Flock Together? Assessing
Attitudes about Descriptive Representation among Latinos and
Asian Americans," American Politics Research, forthcoming.
"Amnesty, Guest Workers, Fences! Oh My! Public Opinion about
'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'," in Immigration and Public
Opinion in Liberal Democracies, Gary Freeman, Randall Hansen,
and David Leal, eds. Routledge, 2013 .
"Nationalism and National Identity in the United States,"
The Handbook of Identity Theory and Research,
Springer Publishing, 2011.
- "The Dynamics
of Public Opinion on Ethnic Profiling After 9/11: Results From a
Survey Experiment", American Behavioral
- "Defining American
Identity in the Twenty-First Century: How Much "There" is
There?" The Journal of Politics, August 2007
- "The Rise and Fall
of Political Engagement Among Latinos: The Role of Identity and
Perceptions of Discrimination," Political Behavior,
- "All Politics
Is Psychological: A Review of Political Psychology Syllabi,"
Perspectives on Politics, December 2004
Identity and Attitudes toward Official-English Policies,"
Political Psychology, September 2003
- "The More Things
Change... American Identity and Mass and Elite Responses to
9/11," Political Psychology, September 2002
- "Official-English and
the States: Influences on Declaring English the Official
Language in the United States," Political Research
Quarterly, June 2001
- "Boundaries of American Identity: Evolving Definitions of 'Us'",
in preparation for Annual Review of Political Science.
"Immigrant Resentment: When the Work Ethic Backfires," Prepared for delivery at the Annual Meeting of the American
Political Science Association, Boston, 2008.
Choices and Perceptions of Discrimination," Prepared
for delivery at the Annual Meeting of the American Political
Science Association, Philadelphia, September, 2006
- "Sending a Message or Staying Mum: How Newspapers Write about Public Opinion
in Non-Election Years" (with Tracy Mayfield), Prepared for delivery at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, 2009.