American Politics, Political Psychology
Professor and Chair
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), Press 'One' for English: Language Policy, Public Opinion,
and American Identity (Princeton University Press, 2005), and
The Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Global
Politics (Cengage Learning, 2015, with Ken Janda, Jeff Berry,
and Jerry Goldman). Her research examines the implications of the
changing ethnic composition of the United States on public opinion
in a variety of domains. Her current research concerns public
opinion about political representation and how the impending loss of
majority status affects the political attitudes and behaviors of
white Americans. 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, Politics, Groups, & Identities,
American Politics Research, and Perspectives on Politics.
She previously served as an Assistant Professor of Politics at
PS11: Introduction to American Politics
PS19: The Politics of Ethnicity and American Identity
PS103: Political Science Research Methods
PS108: Public Opinion and U.S. Democracy
PS111: Political Psychology
PS114: Political Representation in the United States
Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Global Politics,
13th edition, with Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey Berry, and Jerry
Goldman, Cengage Learning, 2015.
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
- "Latino Attitudes about Spheres of Political Representation,"
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, forthcoming.
- "Does 'Becoming American' Create a 'Better' American?
How Identity Attachments and Perceptions of Discrimination Affect
Trust and Obligation," in Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity,
Nancy Foner and Patrick Simon, eds., Russell Sage Foundation, forthcoming.
- "Ambivalence in American Public Opinion about Immigration," in
New Directions in Public Opinion, 2nd edition, forthcoming.
- "Immigrant Resentment and American Identity in the Twenty-First
Century," in American Identity in the Age of Obama,
Amílcar Antonio Barreto and Richard L. O'Bryant, eds. Routledge,
2014, pp. 100-132.
- "Boundaries of American Identity: Evolving
Understandings of 'Us'," Annual Review of Political Science,
- "Which Birds of a Feather Flock Together? Assessing
Attitudes about Descriptive Representation among Latinos and
Asian Americans," American Politics Research, 2013,
41(4): 699 - 729.
- "The Complicated Constituency: A Study of Immigrant
Opinions about Political Representation," Politics, Groups,
and Identities, 2013, 1(1): 26-47.
"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