Shauna L. Shames, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Rutgers University-Camden, New Jersey

S.L. Shames Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Shames received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2014 and was tenured at Rutgers University-Camden in 2019. She studies and teaches American politics, with a focus on gender and race. She has published books, chapters, journal articles, and reports on women as candidates, women of color and political ambition, intersectionality, Republican women, backlash, public opinion, and public policy.  She teaches courses on executive power, dystopian government, women and politics, race and politics, social movements, quantitative and qualitative methods, and more.  She won the Rutgers-Camden Chancellor's Awards for Teaching and for Research Creativity, both in 2018, and has served as President of the Women & Politics Organized Section of APSA (the American Political Science Association). She served several years in faculty governance at Rutgers-Camden, including as Vice President of the Faculty Senate and a one-year term on the Faculty Council, an advisory body to the Chancellor's office.  Prior to her academic career, Professor Shames worked for several years in nonprofit and political offices in New York and Washington, D.C.
Shames, S.; Morell, S.; Jardina, A.; Schlozman, K.; and Burns, N. What's Happened to the Other Gender Gap? U.S. Social Structure, Politics, and Political Participation. Under contract: Cambridge Univ. Press (Elements).

Shames, S.; Och, M.; and Cooperman, R., eds. 2022. Sell-Outs or Warriors for Change? A Comparative Look at Conservative Women in Politics in Democracies. Routledge.

Shames, S.; Bernhard, R.; Teele, D.; and Holman, M., eds. 2020. Good Reasons to Run: Women as Political Candidates. Temple Univ. Press, 2020.

Atchison, A. and Shames, S. Survive & Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian FictionColumbia Univ. Press, 2019.

Och, M. and Shames, S., editors. The Right Women: Republican Legislators, Activists, and Partisans. Praeger, 2018.

Shames, S. Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why it Matters. NYU Press, 2017.



  • "Barriers and Solutions to Increasing Women's Political Power" (2015), Strategy and backgrounder paper for The Women Effect Symposium, Sponsored by SSN and the Rockefeller and Wyss Foundations. Cambridge, MA, February 26, 2015

  • "Redefining the Stonewall: When and Why the Gay Rights Movement Adopted Marriage Equality as its Top Priority" (2014), Co-authored with David Manella, Harvard College, Conference paper prepared for presentation at the New England Political Science Association's annual meeting. Woodstock, Vermont, April 25-26

  • “What, if Anything, Shall be Done (about Inequalities in Participation)?” (2011), Co-authored with Kay Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry Brady.  Conference paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting, April. Palmer House Hilton: Chicago, IL.

  • “Doubly Bound Revisited: Further Investigations into Race and Gender Effects of Descriptive Representation” (2008). Co-authored with Porsha Cropper.  Conference paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting, April.  Palmer House Hilton: Chicago, IL

  • "The Gender Consciousness of Conservative Women" (2005), Co-authored with Clyde Wilcox and Carin Larson Robinson. Conference paper, presented at American Political Science Association's annual meeting, August. Washington DC.

  • "Mobilizing Backlash: Interest Groups' Response to Supreme Court Decisions" (2005), Conference paper presented at Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting, March. Palmer House Hilton: Chicago, IL



  • The Politics & Policy of HBO's 'The Wire'
  • Abortion & U.S. Politics
  • Race & U.S. Politics
  • Inequality and Politics Seminar
  • Political Psychology of Group-Based Politics 
  • Women & Politics

RUTGERS-CAMDEN, NJ, 2014-present

  • Intro. to American Government
  • The American Presidency
  • Political Methodology
  • Intro. to Politics 101
  • Political Parties
  • Elections 2016, 2020 (special topics)
  • Research Design (graduate-level)
  • Dystopian Govt. in Fiction
  • Voting & Opinion
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Global Gender Issues
  • Politics of Minority Groups
  • Social Movements: Honors Seminar


  • Women in U.S. Politics: Junior Seminar 

BEREA COLLEGE, KY, 2009-2010

  • Intro. to Women's Studies 
  • Frosh. Seminar I: Identities: Race, Gender, Class, and Appalachia
  • Frosh. Seminar II: Identities: Race, Gender, Class, and Appalachia
  • Waves of Feminism in U.S. History
  • Frosh. Seminar: What Futuristic Fiction Teaches Us About Ourselves Now



The New Republic

"Female Political Donors: Why are There No Female Sheldon Adelsons?"

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The Atlantic

"Nobody Wants to Run for Office"

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"Why Older Millennials Have No Plans to Run for Office"

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NPR/WGBH (Philadelphia)

"'Absolutely Brutal': Why White House Runs Aren't for Everyone"

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U.S. News & World Report

"Trump's Boasting of Victory Was Too Much for GOP"

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

"In the Women's Movement of 2019, Where do Republicans Fit In?"

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"What We Actually Know About 'Electability'"

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"Why Don't More Women Run for Office? Because it Sucks"

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Today, Explained ( podcast)

"The Senate's Old-Age Problem"

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New Jersey State Bar Foundation Blog: NJ Considers Lowering Voting Age

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The Conversation (syndicated nationally)

"Moms for Liberty: 'Joyful Warriors' or 'Anti-Government Conspiracists' with Potential for Political Clout"

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8/23/2018 - "Mischiefs of Faction" Blog

"Will Young Women of Color Shape the Future of the Democratic Party?"

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The Conversation (syndicated nationally)

"Are We Living in a Dystopia?" (op-ed, coauthored with Amy Atchison)

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Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Ohio is Exhibit A for Why We Need More Elected Women" (coauthored with Ohio state representative Kathleen Clyde

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Corpus-Christi Caller-Times

"Texas is Deceptive on Fetal Burial Bill" (coauthored with Rhonda Struminger)

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Washington Post - Monkey Cage Blog

"Millennials Don't Want to Run for Office"

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L.A. Times

"JFK, A Pioneer in the Women's Movement"

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"Women Are Only Tapping at the Glass Ceiling" (co-authored with Marni Allen)

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The Harvard Crimson

"Learning from a 'C'"

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