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University of Arizona
independent voters, polling, elections, partisanship, identity politics, political psychology
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Dr. Klar uses experimental and survey methodology to study how individuals’ social surroundings and personal identities influence their political attitudes and behavior.  Her coauthored book, Independent Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. In it, the authors explain why independent voters are on the rise and why this matters for American democracy.

Recent Publications


Klar, Samara, and Yanna Krupnikov. 2016. Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction. Cambridge University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Klar, Samara, and Spencer Piston. 2015. “The Influence of Competing Organisational Appeals on Individual Donations.” Journal of Public Policy 35(2): 171-191.

Druckman, James N., Mauro Gilli, Samara Klar, and Joshua Robison. 2015. “Measuring Drug and Alcohol Use among College Student-Athletes.” Social Science Quarterly 96: 369-380.

Klar, Samara. 2014. “Partisanship in a Social Setting.” American Journal of Political Science 58(3): 687-704.

Klar, Samara. 2014. “A Multidimensional Study of Ideological Preferences and Priorities among the American Public.” Public Opinion Quarterly 78(1): 344-359.

Klar, Samara. 2014. “Identity Importance and Political Engagement among American Independents.” Political Psychology 35(4): 577-591.

Klar, Samara, Heather Madonia, and Monica Schneider. 2014. “The Influence of Threatening Parental Primes on Mothers’ versus Fathers’ Policy Preferences.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 2(4): 607-623

Druckman, James N., Mauro Gilli, Samara Klar, and Joshua Robison. 2014. “The Social Context of Student-Athlete Opinion on Unionization.” PLOS ONE (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115159).

Druckman, James N., Mauro Gilli, Samara Klar, and Joshua Robison. 2014. “Athlete Support for Title IX.” Journal of Sport. (

Klar, Samara. 2013. “The Influence of Competing Identity Primes on Political Preferences.” Journal of Politics 75(4): 1108-1124.

Book Chapters

Klar, Samara, and Thomas J. Leeper. Forthcoming. “Probability versus Purposive Sampling for Experimental Studies of Intersectionality.” In Paul J. Lavrakas, Edith de Leeuw, Allyson Holbrook, Courtney Kennedy, Michael W. Traugott, and Brady T. West (Eds.) General Experimental Design, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Klar, Samara, Joshua Robison, and James N. Druckman. 2012. “The Political Dynamics of Framing.” In Travis N. Ridout (Ed.) New Directions in Media and Politics, New York, NY: Routledge.

Book Review

Klar, Samara. 2016. “The Political Consequences of Motherhood by Jill S. Greenlee.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, 37:1 (112-113).


Media Coverage

Can we get independent voters to donate?
The Hill, Feb 18, 2016

Trump and Sanders allow partisans to stick with their parties while also rejecting them
Washington, January 26, 2016

UA Professor: Independent Voters Hide Their Partisan Disdain
UANews, February 2, 2016

Here’s a list of smart women political scientists. They know stuff, too.
Washington, February 11, 2016

Is New Hampshire a Signpost to the Road Ahead?Newsweek, February 11, 2016

Website listing female political science experts aims to address implicit biases
UW Badger Herald,  February 16, 2016

What can we do to get rid of the all-male panel?
Daily Life, February 17, 2016

HUFFPOLLSTER: Bernie Sanders Is Within Half A Percentage Point of Hillary Clinton in Iowa
Huffington Post, January 27, 2016

HUFFPOLLSTER: Trump And Clinton Lead, But Iowa Polling Remains Volatile With a Week To Go
Huffington Post, January 25, 2016

9 media myths about independent voters, debunked, January 25, 2016

Independents didn’t decide the midterm election
Washington, November 6, 2014

The Outrage Machine
Washington, June 9, 2015

Women Fight More Than Men Over Politics
Politico, December 9, 2014

Why people call themselves “independent” even when they aren’t
Washington January 10, 2014

In Elizabeth Warren We Trust
Huffington Post, December 19, 2014

How dueling DM surveys reached vastly different conclusions
Arizona Daily Star, November 21, 2014

Independents Are the Hipsters of American Politics
Pacific Standard, January 16, 2014

How Politicians Scare Voters to Their Side
TIME, August 17, 2013

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