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Sarah Allen Gershon

Professor, Ray and John Uttenhove WomenLead Professor    

Ph.D. - Political Science, Arizona State University, Major: American Politics, May 2008.
M.A. - Political Science, Arizona State University, Major: American Politics, May 2004.
B.A. - Washington State University, Majors: Political Science & History, May 2001.


American Politics, Political Behavior, Gender, Race, Ethnicity.


Dr. Sarah Allen Gershon received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2008. Her research focuses primarily on the incorporation of traditionally underrepresented groups (including women, and racial and ethnic minorities) into the American political system. In seeking to explain the challenges faced by these groups, Dr. Gershon’s work emphasizes the role of communication, campaigns and political attitudes. Her work combines research from multiple fields and relies on a diverse set of methods, including content analysis, experimentation, surveys and in-depth interviews. Dr. Gershon’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in numerous journals. She co-edited (with Nadia Brown) Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics and co-authored (with Larry Berman, Bruce Allen Murphy and Nadia Brown) the 9th edition of Approaching Democracy. Dr. Gershon teaches courses on research methods, women in politics, and campaigns & elections.