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Karen Shafer

Academic Coordinator

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Public Policy and Administration

Degree Program Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Dr. Shafer earned her Ph.D. in political science from Arizona State University. She also has a Master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Publications include an article in Journal of Politics. She started teaching at Walden University in 2009 and also supervises Ph.D. dissertations. Her research interests include policy development at the state level as well as women in politics.


PhD, Arizona State University

M.P.Aff., Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

BA, Pomona College


Shafer, K. L., Mazza, J. Using government records for research. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Shafer, K. L. (2018). Political ambition. Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science.

Herrera, R., Shafer, K. L. (2012). Women in the Governor's Mansion: How Party and Gender Affect Policy Agendas.

Fridkin, K. L., Kenney, P. J., Gershon, S. A., Shafer, K. L., Woodall, G. S. (2007). Capturing the Power of a Campaign Event: The 2004 Presidential Debate in Tempe. Journal of Politics.


Herrera, R., Shafer, K. (2012). Media Coverage of Governors' Policy Agendas.