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Sarah Allen Gershon

Associate Professor    Director of Graduate Studies    

Ph.D. Arizona State University 2008


American Politics, Political Behavior, Gender, Race, Ethnicity.


Dr. Sarah Allen Gershon is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies of Political Science at Georgia State University.  She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2008. Her research focuses primarily on the incorporation of traditionally underrepresented groups (including women, and racial and ethnic minorities) into the American political system. In seeking to explain the challenges faced by these groups, Dr. Gershon’s work emphasizes the role of communication, campaigns and political attitudes. Her work combines research from multiple fields and relies on a diverse set of methods, including content analysis, experimentation, surveys and in-depth interviews. Dr. Gershon’s research has been published in several academic journals, including Political Communication; Political Research Quarterly; the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy; Social Science Quarterly and the Journal of Politics.


Gershon, Sarah Allen and Adrian D. Pantoja. 2014. “Pessimists, Optimists, and Skeptics: The Consequences of Transnational Ties for Latino Immigrant Naturalization” Social Science Quarterly95:2:328-342.

Taylor, J. Benjamin, Sarah Allen Gershon, and Adrian D. Pantoja. 2014. “Christian America? Understanding the Link between Church and Attitudes among Latino Immigrants” Politics & Religion, 7:2:339-365.

Gershon, Sarah Allen. 2013. “Media Coverage of Minority Congresswomen and Voter Evaluations: Evidence from an Online Experimental Study” Political Research Quarterly 66:3:702-714.

Gershon, Sarah Allen. 2012. “Press Secretaries, Journalists, and Editors: Shaping Local Congressional News Coverage” Political Communication 29:2: 160-183.

Gershon, Sarah Allen. 2012. “When Race, Gender and the Media Intersect: Campaign News Coverage of Minority Congresswomen” Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 33:2:105-125.

Fridkin, Kim L., Patrick J Kenney, Sarah Allen Gershon. 2012. “Comparing the Views of Superdelegates and Democratic Voters in the 2008 Democratic Nomination CampaignParty Politics. 18:5:749-770.