Richard Shafranek earned his PhD from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, where he specialized in American political behavior and quantitative research methodology. His work at Northwestern applied theories of social psychology and drew on surveys, field experiments, and large-n digital trace data to advance our understanding of partisanship and polarization in American politics. Richard’s research has been supported by competitively awarded university grants and Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, and has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Communication, Political Psychology, and Weather, Climate, and Society.
Richard’s prior political experience includes stints with the Delaware Democratic Party, Organizing for America, and an Illinois gubernatorial campaign. Richard has also worked as a market researcher and in the non-profit sector, and was a Fulbright scholar to Indonesia (2011-12). He graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in Political Science and English (Phi Beta Kappa) in 2010.