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Rosalee A. Clawson

Rosalee A. Clawson

Professor // Political Science

Affiliated Faculty // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS

Research focus:
Mass Media

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2222


Phone: (765) 494-4185

Ph.D. Ohio State University
M.A. Ohio State University
B.A. cum laude, DePauw University

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American Politics
Politics, Groups, and Identities



Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Research Summary

Professor Clawson’s research focuses on American politics, especially public opinion; the mass media; the politics of race, class, and gender; and the ethical, legal, and social implications of technology.  She is the Director of Diversity and Culture of Inclusion for Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification, ASPIRE NSF ERC.  She was a founding co-editor of Politics, Groups, and Identities.



Director of Diversity and Culture of Inclusion (Senior Personnel), National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE) with Regan Zane (PI), Soheil Nazarian, Christopher Fawson, Konstantina Gkritza, and Qin Lv, 2020-2025, Award Number: 1941524.


Selected Publications


Duncan, Natasha, Pablo Balcazar, Daniella Gonzalez, Meron Tamene, and Rosalee A. Clawson. 2023. “Creating, Implementing, and Experiencing Research Opportunities: A Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” PS: Political Science & Politics Special Issue on Undergraduate Involvement in Research.

Clawson, Rosalee A. 2022. “Advice for Undergraduates Considering Graduate School.” 2019-2021 Thinking about Graduate School Panels at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Undergraduate Research Conference.

Clawson, Rosalee A. 2021. “The Picture of Poverty: Visual Images and Their Implications.” In The Routledge Companion to Media and Poverty, ed. Sandra L. Borden. New York: Routledge.

Christina P. Walker, Terri L. Towner, Rosalee A. Clawson, Zoe M. Oxley, Ronald Rapoport, and Christine L. Nemacheck. 2021. “Learning through Peer Reviewing and Publishing in the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics: Twenty Years Later,” PS: Political Science &

Clawson, Rosalee A., and Zoe M. Oxley. 2020. Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice, 4th ed., Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Rosalee A. Clawson and Dustin Souders, “Why Questions about Automated Vehicles Must be Addressed Now,” August 2019, Scholars Strategy Network.

Clawson, Rosalee A. 2019. “#MeToo From a Department Head Perspective.” Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 40(1): 184-189.

Clawson, Rosalee A., and Janel Jett. 2019. “The Media Whiteness of Social Security and Medicare.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 7(1): 207-218.

Dialogues Special Editor, Politics, Groups, and Identities 6(4) and 7(1):

Clawson, Rosalee A. and Dwaine Jengelley. 2018. “Media and the Politics of Groups and Identities in Tumultuous Times.”  Politics, Groups, and Identities 6(4): 785-787.

Jengelley, Dwaine and Rosalee A. Clawson. 2019. “Media Coverage and Its Impact on the Politics of Groups and Identities.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 7(1): 148-150.

Towner, Terri L., and Rosalee A. Clawson. 2016. “A Wise Latina or a Baffled Rookie? Media Coverage of Justice and Sonia Sotomayor’s Ascent to the Bench.” Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy. 37 (3): 316-340. doi: 10.1080/1554477X.2016.1188600

Wiest, Sara, Leigh Raymond, and Rosalee A. Clawson. 2015. “Framing, Partisan Predispositions, and Public Opinion on Climate Change.” Global Environmental Change 31: 187-198. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.12.006