About Samara Klar
Samara Klar studies how individuals' personal identities and social surroundings influence their political attitudes and behavior. She uses experimental methods (in and outside the lab), survey analyses, and other statistical tools.
Her book, Independent Politics, (co-authored with Yanna Krupnikov) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 and, in 2017, it received the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association's Experimental Politic Section and the Robert E. Lane Award for Best Book from the American Political Science Association's Political Psychology Section.
Samara has received a variety of other awards for her research, including the "Emerging Scholar Award" from the American Political Science Association section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior (2018), the "Emerging Scholar Award" from the American Political Science Association section on Political Organizations and Parties (2016), the "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. She also serves on the board of Social Science Data Initiative, Social Science One.
Her research has been supported by numerous grants, including funding from the National Science Foundation, and she has published her work in over a dozen journals including the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Psychology.
Ph.D. Political Science, Northwestern University (2013)
M.A. Political Science, Columbia University (2006)
B.A. Political Science & Sociology, McGill University (2005)
- POL 301: Methods of Political Inquiry
- POL 301-H: Methods of Political Inquiry (honors college)
- POL 404: Experimental Research & Design
- POL 409: The Causes and Consequences of Public Opinion (undergraduate level)
- POL 580: Research Design
- POL 596: Political Decision-Making
- POL 687: Experimental Research & Design