Dr. Kathleen Searles, Professor of Political ScienceDr. Kathleen Searles

Associate Professor
Sheldon Beychok Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science

PhD: Washington State University



Curriculum Vitae

Area of Interest

Dr. Kathleen Searles is a an American Politics scholar, focused on political communication and political psychology. Her interests include news media, campaigns, and communication technology.

Selected Publications

Searles, Kathleen, Joshua Darr, Mingxiao Sui, Nathan Kalmoe, Raymond Pingree, and Brian Watson. 2021. "Partisan Media Effects Beyond One-Shot Experimental Design." Political Science Research Methods DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/psrm.2021.21 .

Klar, Samara, Yanna Krupnikov, John Barry Ryan, Kathleen Searles, and Yotum Shmargad. 2020. "Using Social Media to Promote Academic Research: Do the Benefits of Twitter Differ by Gender?" PLOS ONE 15 (4): e0229446.

Searles, Kathleen, and Kevin Banda. 2019. "But Her Emails! How Journalistic Preferences Shaped Election Coverage in 2016." Journalism 20 (8): 1052-1069.

Darr, Joshua, Nathan Kalmoe, Kathleen Searles, Raymond Pingree, Mingxiao Sui, Martina Santia, Kirill Bryanov, and Brian Watson. 2019. 'Collusion with Collusion: Partisan Reaction to the Trump-Russia Scandal." Perspectives on Politics 17 (3): 772-787.


POLI 7900 American Politics
POLI 7903 Political Psychology
MC 7004 News Media & Governance


Kathleen Searles (Ph.D., Washington State University) ia an Associate Professor of Political Communication. Her interests include news media, campaign advertising, and political psychology. She has two forthcoming co-authored books with Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, respectively: the first investigates the effects of mobile devices on information processing, and the second examines the construction of expertise in the news. She has been awarded more than one million dollars in grant monies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Public Opinions Quarterly, Political Communication, PLOS ONE, and Political Psychology.