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Department of Political Science

Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz

Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz


Associate Professor

Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz joined the Political Science Department in the fall of 2009. She received her Ph.D. in May of 2009 from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on political participation, racial minorities, public policy, inequality, and political geography. Professor Pearson-Merkowitz's research has appeared in some of the top political science journals including the Journal of Politics and the American Journal of Political Science.

Professor Pearson-Merkowitz is also well versed in real world politics and the policy process. She worked for several years as a Legislative Director for a top elected official in the Maryland statehouse and has served on the governing board of several interest groups. She has also helped run several state legislative and congressional campaigns and has spent significant time as a political fundraiser for a variety of candidates and political parties. She serves as the internship adviser for undergraduate political science majors. In this capacity she helps students locate and apply to internships locally, across the country and abroad.

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Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz
Department of Political Science
University of Rhode Island
Washburn Hall 80 Upper College Road, Suite 4
Kingston, RI 02881-0817

Voice mail: (401) 874-4057
Fax: (401) 874-4072

political science faculty

Timothy Hennessey, Ph.D.
Marc Hutchison, Ph.D. (MA Director)
Kristin Johnson, Ph.D. (MA Director)

Katrin Jomaa, Ph.D
Alfred Killilea, Ph.D.
Brian Krueger, Ph.D. (Chair)

Skye Leedahl, Ph.D.

Aaron Ley, Ph.D.

Maureen Moakley, Ph.D.
Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, Ph.D.
Nicolai Petro, Ph.D.
Lawrence Rothstein, Ph.D.

Robert Weygand, MA, MPA (MPA Director)

Ping Xu, Ph.D.