Samara Klar

Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund Professor

Social Sciences 318-B

Samara Klar is a Professor at the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy. She studies how individuals’ personal identities and social surroundings influence their political attitudes and behavior. Most often, she uses experimental methods (in and outside the lab), surveys, and other statistical tools. Dr. Klar received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and also hold degrees in political science from Columbia University and McGill University.

Her award-winning book, Independent Politics, (co-authored with Yanna Krupnikov) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 and her research appears in top journals including Science, Nature Human Behaviour, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics,  and many others. This work has received multiple national awards from the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. 

Dr. Klar’s research is supported by awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, the Social Science Research Council, and other organizations. She founded the website, which promotes work by women in political science and she has provided expert consulting on public opinion and political communication.