Callaghan, Karen

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Callaghan, Karen

(Karen J. Callaghan)

PERSONAL:

Born in New York, NY. Education: Long Island University, B.A., 1989; State University of New York, Stony Brook, Ph.D., 1993. Religion: Christian.

ADDRESSES:

Office— Department of Political Science, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne St., Houston, TX 77004. E-mail— [email protected]

CAREER:

Historian and academician. State University of New York, Stony Brook, political science instructor, 1990-92; University of Massachusetts, Boston, assistant professor of political science, 1995-2001; Texas Southern University, Houston, assistant professor of political science, then associate professor of political science, 2005—. Visiting assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, 2004-05; Center for the Study of the Presidency, fellow.

MEMBER:

American Political Science Association.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Recipient of faculty development, research, and seed grants from Texas Southern University; Goldsmith research award, Harvard University; doctoral dissertation grant, National Science Foundation; research grant, American Political Science Association; faculty development and Healy Endowment grants, University of Massachusetts; fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

WRITINGS:

(Editor, with Frauke Schnell)Framing American Politics, foreword by Robert M. Entman, University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 2005.

Contributor to the anthology Beyond Public Speech and Symbols: Explorations in the Rhetoric of Politicians and the Media, edited by C. Landtsheer and O. Feldman, Praeger Press (New York, NY), 2000. Also contributor to periodicals, including National Social Science Journal, Women and Politics, Political Communication, Public Integrity, Journal of Official Statistics, and the Journal of Politics. Reviewer of manuscripts for various journals, including Politics, Political Psychology, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and Dutch Research Council.

SIDELIGHTS:

Karen Callaghan is an historian and an academician. Callaghan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Long Island University in 1989. By 1993 she had obtained her Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, completing her dissertation under the direction of Milton Lodge. Callaghan's primary research interests as a student included political psychology, methodology, and American government. While completing her Ph.D., Callaghan worked as a political science instructor at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, for two years. While writing her dis-sertation in 1993, she maintained close ties while visiting Rice University's political science department. After earning her Ph.D., Callaghan began as an assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 1995 and remained there until 2001. During this time she also served as internship director and director of the Quantitative Methods Labs. In 2004 Callaghan was a visiting assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. In 2005 she accepted a position at Texas Southern University, in Houston, eventually becoming associate professor of political science in a tenure track position.

Callaghan is a member of the American Political Science Association, and active in the political psychology and methodology sections of the organization. She lectures on similar topics, including quantitative and research methods, data analysis, American government, mass media in American politics, and general political psychology. Callaghan has received a number of research and academic grants and fellowships in her career. These include faculty development, research, and seed grants from Texas Southern University, a Goldsmith research award from Harvard University, a doctoral dissertation grant from the National Science Foundation, a research grant from the American Political Science Association, and faculty development and Healy Endowment grants from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Callaghan has also been a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency. Callaghan also contributes to a number of periodicals and academic journals. These include the National Social Science Journal, Women and Politics, Political Communication, Public Integrity, Journal of Official Statistics, and the Journal of Politics. She also reviews manuscripts for various journals and publications, including Politics, Political Psychology, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and the Dutch Research Council. Callaghan contributed a chapter in 2000 called "Symbolism and Social Movements: How U.S. Political Debates Are Shaped and Citizens' Attitudes Influenced by Symbolic Communiques" in Beyond Public Speech and Symbols: Explorations in the Rhetoric of Politicians and the Media, edited by C. Landtsheer and O. Feldman.

In 2005 Callaghan published Framing American Politics with the University of Pittsburgh Press, edited with Frauke Schnell and including a foreword by Robert M. Entman. In it the pair discusses how the framing of specific issues largely impacts the public perception of the matter and ultimately its outcome. By examining interest groups, the media, and political elites, Callaghan outlines how political issues, such as affirmative action and the War on Terror, can be recast to the benefit of those using the issue.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, March 1, 2006, R.E. Dewhirst, review of Framing American Politics, p. 1305.

Political Communication, October 1, 2006, William A. Gamson, review of Framing American Politics, p. 461.

ONLINE

Texas Southern University Web site, http://www.tsu.edu/(November 25, 2007), author profile.