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


I am a Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy Fellow and PhD Candidate in political science with an emphasis on American Politics and Public Policy. I am primarily interested in citizenship, both as a legal distinction and as a concept. My dissertation focuses on the development of citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. My other research interests include religion, identity, and ambition and how they influence political behavior.

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