Wendy M Rahn

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

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to American National Government (American Democracy in a Changing World)
  • Elections and Voting Behavior
  • Public Opinion
  • Campaign Practicum
  • Introduction to Political Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Political Behavior
  • Introduction to Political Analysis
  • Introduction to Politics
  • American Political Culture and Values
  • Political Polarization
  • Graduate Seminar in Political Psychology
  • Graduate Seminar on Public Opinion and Participation
  • Graduate Seminar on Social Capital
  • American Politics Core Seminar
Research & Professional Activities

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,
  • 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