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Kaylyn Jackson Schiff

Kaylyn Jackson Schiff

Assistant Professor // Political Science

Assistant Professor // Cornerstone

Research focus:
Technology and Local Politics

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2264


Phone: 765-494-4161

Professor Jackson Schiff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University and Co-Director of the Governance and Responsible AI Lab (GRAIL)

Dr. Schiff studies American politics and policy, with a focus on quantitative and experimental methods. Her research addresses how citizens share information with government and examines the drivers of policymaker and bureaucrat responsiveness to citizen input. Additionally, she devotes particular attention to the impacts of emerging technologies on government and society.  For example, she considers how technological developments are changing citizen-government contact and explores implications for service provision, misinformation, policing, education, and government use of artificial intelligence.  

Professor Schiff's research has been published in journals such as the Journal of PoliticsNature Human BehaviourPolicy Studies Journal, the Journal of Experimental Political SciencePublic Opinion QuarterlyState Politics & Policy Quarterly, and Public Administration. In addition, her dissertation — "The Digital Citizen: The Impact of Technology on Public Participation and Government Responsiveness" — won the 2023 Leonard D. White Award for Best Dissertation in the Field of Public Administration by the American Political Science Association. 

Kaylyn received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Emory University and completed a B.A. in Public Policy from Princeton University and an M.Ed. from Fordham University. For the 2022-2023 academic year, she was a Postdoctoral Associate with the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. Previously, Kaylyn worked in K-12 education as a teacher and as a school administrator focused on curriculum design, assessment, and educational data use. 


Recent Publications

Schiff, Kaylyn Jackson
, Daniel S. Schiff, and Natalia S. Bueno. Forthcoming. “The Liar’s Dividend: Can Politicians Claim Misinformation to Evade Accountability?” American Political Science Review

Christina P. Walker, Daniel S. Schiff, and Kaylyn Jackson Schiff. Forthcoming. “Merging AI Incidents Research with Political Misinformation Research: Introducing the Political Deepfakes Incident Database” AAAI Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference Proceedings.

Schiff, Kaylyn Jackson. 2023. "Does Collective Citizen Input Impact Government Service Provision? Evidence from SeeClickFix Requests." Public Administration Review 1-34.

Schiff, Kaylyn Jackson
, Daniel S. Schiff, Ian T. Adams, Joshua McCrain, and Scott M. Mourgos. 2023. "Institutional Factors Driving Citizen Perceptions of AI in Government: Evidence from a Survey Experiment on Policing." Public Administration Review 1-39.

Schiff, Kaylyn Jackson
, Tom S. Clark, Adam N. Glynn, Michael Leo Owens, Anna Gunderson, and Eric Dobbie. 2023. “Police Shootings Statistics and Public Support for Police Reforms.” Journal of Experimental Political Science 1-12.

Schiff, Daniel S. and Kaylyn Jackson Schiff. 2023. “Narratives and Expert Information in Agenda-Setting: Experimental Evidence on State Legislator Engagement with Artificial Intelligence Policy”. Policy Studies Journal 51(4): 817-842

Fortunato, David, Joshua McCrain, and Kaylyn Jackson Schiff. 2023. “Public Support for Professional Legislatures”. State Politics & Policy Quarterly 23:3 327-339.

Clark, Tom S., Elisha Cohen, Adam Glynn, Michael Leo Owens, Anna Gunderson, and Kaylyn Jackson Schiff. 2023. “Are Police Racially Biased in the Decision to Shoot?”. Journal of Politics 85(3):826-842.