Rosalee A. Clawson

Rosalee A. Clawson

Professor // Political Science

Interim Director for Purdue Policy Research Institute

Ph.D. Ohio State University
M.A. Ohio State University
B.A. cum laude, DePauw University

Office Information

Office: BRNG 2242
Office Phone: (765) 494-4162
Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
Office Hours: By appointment


American Politics
Politics, Groups, and Identities

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Research Summary

Professor Clawson’s research focuses on American politics, especially public opinion, mass media and politics, and the politics of race, class, and gender. She is particularly interested in how issues are framed in the media and the impact of those frames on public opinion. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the USDA. She is co-editor of Politics, Groups, and Identities, a journal of the Western Political Science Association.

Selected Publications

Clawson, Rosalee A., and Zoe M. Oxley. 2016. Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals. Democratic Practice, 3rd ed., Washington, DC: CQ Press.

Towner, Terri L., and Rosalee A. Clawson. 2016. “A Wise Latina or a Baffled Rookie? Media Coverage of Justice and Sonia Sotomayor’s Ascent to the Bench.Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy 37: 316-340.

Wiest, Sara, Leigh Raymond, and Rosalee A. Clawson. 2015. “Framing, Partisan Predispositions, and Public Opinion on Climate Change.Global Environmental Change 31: 187-198.

Clawson, Rosalee A., and Eric N. Waltenburg, 2009. Legacy and Legitimacy: Black Americans and the Supreme Court. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

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