Deborah Schildkraut

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 College.

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 for representation.


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


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