Wendy Rahn is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Before joining the Minnesota faculty, she held faculty positions at The Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Duke University. She served on the Board of Overseers for the National Election Studies and as co-editor of Political Psychology, the official journal for the International Society of Political Psychology from 1996 to 2004. The Society also named her as the 1999 recipient of the Erik Erikson Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Political Psychology. Also in 1999, she received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Organized Section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior from the American Political Science Association.
Her research interests include the role of emotions in political thinking and behavior, citizen participation in politics, and the role of social capital. Her new projects involve questions about the role of early life circumstances in the health of late life women, the social and economic legacies of World World 1, the the historical and contemporary politics of alternative and complementary medicine.
Educational Background & Specialties
Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Introduction to American National Government (American Democracy in a Changing World)
Elections and Voting Behavior
Introduction to Political Psychology
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Political Behavior
Introduction to Political Analysis
Introduction to Politics
American Political Culture and Values
Graduate Seminar in Political Psychology
Graduate Seminar on Public Opinion and Participation
Graduate Seminar on Social Capital
American Politics Core Seminar
Research & Professional Activities
Executive Council, Midwest Political Science Association: 1994 - 1997
National Election Studies (NES) Board of Overseers: 1996 - 2004
Co-Editor, Political Psychology: Journal of the International Society of Political Psychology , 1996 - 2004
Citizen Investors: The Democratization of the Stock Market and the Transformation of American Politics: Russell Sage Foundation Grant to study the political implications of broadened participation in the stock market, August 1, 2007 - December 31, 2011
Founder and President, Survivors' Training: http://www.survivorstraining.org,
- Rahn, Wendy M. and Kwang Suk Yoon. 2009. “Geographies of Trust.“ American Behavioral
Scientist 52(12): 1646-1663.
- Rahn, Wendy M. 2008. “Globalization, the Decline of Civic Commitments, and the Future of
Democracy.“ In International Perspectives on Contemporary Democracy, Ed. Peter Nardulli, pp. 134-
157. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.
- Rahn, Wendy M. 2008. “Cooperation With and Without Trust: Evidence From Local Settings.“ In Cooperation: The Political Psychology of Effective Human Interaction, pp 259-274 Ed. by Brandon
Sullivan, Mark Snyder, and John L Sullivan Boston, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
- Rahn, Wendy M. and Thomas J. Rudolph. 2005. “A Tale of Political Trust in American Cities.“Public Opinion Quarterly 69:530-560.
- Rahn, Wendy M., Stephen Macedo, Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Jeffry M. Berry, Michael Brintnall, David E. Campbell, Luis Ricardo
Frage, Archon Fung, William A. Galston, Christopher F. Karopowitz, Margaret Levi, Meira Levinson, Keena Lipsitz, Richard G. Niemi, Robert D. Putnam, Wendy M. Rahn, Rob Reich and Robert R. Rodgers, Todd
Swanstrom, Katherine Cramer Walsh. 2005. Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen
Participation, and What We Can Do About it. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
- Sullivan, John L., Wendy M. Rahn, and Tom Rudolph. 2002. “The Contours of Political Psychology:
Situating Research on Political Information Processing.“ In Thinking about Political Psychology, ed.
James H. Kuklinski. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Rahn, Wendy M., John L. Sullivan, and Thomas J. Rudolph. 2002. “Political Psychology and Political
Science.“ In Thinking about Political Psychology, ed. James H. Kuklinski. Cambridge, UK:
Cambridge University Press.
- Rahn, Wendy M. and Thomas J. Rudolph. 2002. “Trust in Local Governments.“ In Barbara
Norrander and Clyde Wilcox, eds. Understanding Public Opinion, 2
edition. Washington, DC: CQ
- Chanley, Jenny, Thomas J. Rudolph, and Wendy M. Rahn. 2001. “Public Trust in Government in the
Reagan Years and Beyond.“ In John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, eds. What is it About Government that Americans Dislike? Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 59-82.
- Rahn, Wendy M. and Thomas Rudolph. 2001. “National Identities and the Future of Democracy.“ In
Robert Entman and Lance Bennett, editors. Mediated Politics. Cambridge, UK Cambridge University
Press, pp. 453-467.
- Chanley, Virginia J., Thomas J. Rudolph and Wendy M. Rahn. 2000. “The Origins and
Consequences of Public Trust in Government: A Time Series Analysis.“Public Opinion Quarterly
- Rahn, Wendy M. 2000. “Affect as Information: The Role of Public Mood in Political Reasoning.“ In
Arthur Lupia, Mathew D. McCubbins, and Samuel L. Popkin, eds. Elements of Reason. Cambridge
University Press, pp. 130-151.
- Rahn, Wendy M. and Rebecca Hirshorn. 1999. "Political Advertising and Public Mood: A Study of
Children’s Political Orientations Political Communication 16:387-407.
- Rahn, Wendy M. and John Transue. 1998. “Social Trust and Value Change: The Decline of Social
Capital in American Youth, 1976-1995.“ Political Psychology 19:545-565.
- Brehm, John and Wendy M. Rahn 1997. "Individual Level Evidence for the Causes and
Consequences of Social Capital." American Journal of Political Science 41:999-1023.
- Rahn, Wendy M. and Katherine Cramer. 1996. "Activation and Application of Political Party
Stereotypes." Political Communication 13:195-212.
- Rahn, Wendy M., Brian Kroeger, and Cynthia Kite. 1996. "A Framework for the Study of Public
Mood." Political Psychology 17:29-58.
- Rahn, Wendy M. 1995. "Candidate Evaluation in Complex Information Environments: Cognitive
Organization and Comparison Processes." In Political Judgment: Structure and Process, ed. Milton
Lodge and Kathleen McGraw. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
- Rahn, Wendy M., John H. Aldrich, and Eugene Borgida. 1994. "Individual and Contextual Variations
in Political Candidate Appraisal." American Political Science Review 88:193-199.
- Rahn, Wendy M., Jon A. Krosnick, and Marijke Breuning. 1994. "Rationalization and Derivation
Processes in Survey Studies of Political Candidate Evaluation." American Journal of Political Science
- Rahn, Wendy M. 1993. "The Role of Partisan Stereotypes in Information Processing about Political
Candidates." American Journal of Political Science 37:472-496.
- Sullivan, John L., John H. Aldrich, Eugene Borgida, and Wendy Rahn. 1990. "Candidate Appraisal
and Human Nature: Man and Superman in the '84 Election." Political Psychology 11:459-484.
- Marcus, George E. and Wendy Rahn. 1990. "Emotions and Democratic Politics." In Research in
Micropolitics, vol. 3, ed. Samuel Long, pp. 20-57. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
- Rahn, Wendy M., John H. Aldrich, Eugene Borgida, and John L. Sullivan. 1990. "A Social Cognitive
Model of Candidate Appraisal." In Information and Democratic Processes, ed. John A. Ferejohn and
James H. Kuklinski, pp. 136-159. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. Reprinted in Controversies
in Voting Behavior, 3rd edition. Ed. Richard G. Niemi and Herbert F. Weisberg, pp. 187-206.
Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly.
Erik H. Erikson Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Political Psychology, 1999
Emerging Scholar Award, The Organized Section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior, 1999
Changemaker of the Year, Minnesota Women's Press, 2008
Spirit of Collaboration Award, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, 2009