Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World
Shana Kushner Gadarian, assistant professor of political science at the Maxwell School and senior research associate at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, will give a talk at Sewanee entitled "Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World." She will discuss her work on the effects of anxiety and threat on political behavior and comment on the implications of her findings for the 2016 elections in the US.
Gadarian’s recent book, Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World, examines how the activation of anxiety in the public – due to terrorist attacks, politicians’ discourse about immigration, public health crises, or climate change – influences politics. Gadarian is also currently working on a research project with several European scholars, examining how terrorism affects public opinion and social capital in a variety of nations, which will also inform her talk at Sewanee.
The talk is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee, Politics Department, Psychology Department, Department of Earth and Environmental Systems and Environmental Arts and Humanities, and International and Global Studies.