Dr. Shauna ShamesShauna Shames
Assistant Professor
Phone: (856) 225-2974
Email: shauna.shames@rutgers.edu
Website: www.shaunashames.com
Vita (Shames CV May 2020)


  • Ph.D., Harvard University (Government)
  • B.A., Harvard University (Social Studies, Women’s Studies)


  • At the undergraduate level I teach Political Science courses in American Politics, including the Politics of Minority Groups and Political Methodology . Previously, I have taught undergraduate courses in women & politics, freshman writing, identity politics, race & ethnicity, public policy, and futuristic fiction.

Research and Publications

  • My primary area of academic interest is American political behavior, with a focus on race, gender, and politics. For my dissertation research, I have been conducting and analyzing 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. My published articles and conference papers can be found here: https://www.shaunashames.com/home/research