Deborah Schildkraut

Deborah Schildkraut

(617) 627-3492
Packard Hall
Research/Areas of Interest:

American Politics, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Immigration


  • PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, United States, 2000
  • MA, Princeton University, Princeton, United States, 1997
  • BA, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 1995


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 States of Belonging: Immigration Policies, Attitudes, and Inclusion (Russell Sage Foundation, 2021, with Tomás Jiménez, Yuen Huo, and John Dovidio), 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, 2022, with Ken Janda, Jeff Berry, Jerry Goldman, and Paul Manna). Much of her research examines the implications of the changing ethnic composition of the United States on public opinion in a variety of domains. She also studies how liberals and conservatives in the United States feel about factors related to democratic governance, like compromise and engaging in political discussions across the aisle. She is currently researching people's psychological connections to their states and the political outcomes associated with such identification. She has published articles in the Journal of Politics; Political Behavior; Political Psychology; Public Opinion Quarterly; Political Research Quarterly; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Politics, Groups, & Identities; American Politics Research; Perspectives on Politics; Science Advances; Social Problems; Publius; and The Forum. She previously served as an Assistant Professor of Politics at Oberlin College.