Aaron Kushner

Aaron Kushner
American Politics
Public Policy and Administration
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B.A., Politics from Saint Vincent College

M.A., Political Science from Northern Illinois University


My research interests include political partisanship, party identity in the electorate, citizenship, and the intersection of religion and politics. My dissertation research at MU examines the effects of elite polarization on the electorate, how partisanship has ebbed and flowed over time, and the implications that these changes have for representation in America.

Papers and Presentations: 

“The Imposition of Freedom: Why the Cherokee Resisted Citizenship for Their Former Slaves,” Shawnee Trail Regional Conference (Colorado Springs, CO), April 2018

“Chutes and Ladders: How Ambition plays out in Term Limited Legislatures” (With Jordan Butcher), Southern Political Science Association Conference (New Orleans, LA), January 2018

“Reigning Together on the Same Soil: How Religion and Party May Coexist for the Sake of Public Discourse,” Midwest Political Science Association Conference (Chicago, IL), April 2017

“The Fault in Our Founders: Political Parties and Participation in America,” Midwest Political Science Association Conference (Chicago, IL), April 2016