Samara Klar

About Samara Klar

Samara Klar studies how individuals' identities -- the groups, roles, and associations with which they identify -- influence their political attitudes and behavior. She uses experimental methods (in and outside the lab), survey analyses, and other statistical tools to learn about the political consequences of our multiple and, at times, conflicting identities. 

Her book, Independent Politics, (co-authored with Yanna Krupnikov) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Samara has received a variety of awards for her research, including the "Emerging Scholar Award" from the American Political Science Association section on Political Organizations and Parties (2016), "Best Paper in Political Psychology" from the American Political Science Association (2015), "Best Paper in Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior" from the American Political Science Association (2015), "Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar" award from the Midwest Political Science Association (2015), and two "Best Dissertation" Awards from the American Political Science Association sections on Experimental Research and Political Psychology (2014). She has received both the Burns Roper Fellowship from the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and the Distinguished Junior Scholar Award from the American Political Science Association's Political Psychology section. In 2016, she founded WomenAlsoKnowStuff, a website that promotes women in political science. 

Her work has been supported by numerous grants, including funding from the National Science Foundation, and she has published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, Politics, Groups, & Identities, and Social Science Quarterly

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Samara Klar
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office: 318-B
Office Hours: by appointment


Ph.D. Political Science, Northwestern University (2013)

M.A. Political Science, Columbia University (2006)

B.A. Political Science & Sociology, McGill University (2005)