Visiting Associate Professor (2022-23)
Dr. Shames’s primary area of academic interest is American politics, with a focus on gender, race, LGBTQ+ politics, social movements, and political ambition. She is the author of “Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why it Matters” (2017, NYU Press) and co-author of “Survive & Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics” (2019, Columbia). In addition, she co-edited the books (“The Right Women: Republican Activists, Candidates, and Legislators” (with Malliga Och, 2018: Praeger Press/ABC-Clio) and “Good Reasons to Run: Women & Political Candidacy” (with Rachel Bernhard, Mirya Holman, and Dawn Teele, 2020: Temple).
She has published journal 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. She has designed and taught courses on executive power, dystopian government, race and minority politics, women in politics, social movements, quantitative and qualitative methods, and several introductory-level classes about politics, political science, and American government.
Dr. Shames is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network (profile here), Women Also Know Stuff, and the American Political Science Association (APSA). She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2014, and was awarded the Rutgers-Camden Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Research Creativity, both in 2018.