Nina Kasniunas

Associate ProfessorPolitical Science

Nina Kasniunas is Arsht Professor in Ethics and Leadership at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her doctorate in political science in 2009 at Loyola University in Chicago. Broadly trained in American government, with a specialty in organized interests (also known advocacy organizations or interest groups), Professor Kasniunas regularly teaches courses and writes about organized interests and the policy process. An ongoing research project looks at the role of neighborhood associations in Baltimore city. Underlying all of her work is an emphasis on civic engagement and the importance of working at the grass roots with other community members.

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Publications

Kasniunas, Nina Therese and Mark J. Rozell.  “Interest Groups and the Future of Campaigns.” In Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, 3rd Edition.  Ed. Richard Semiatin.  Washington DC: CQ Press, forthcoming, 2015.

Kasniunas, Nina Therese.  2014.  “Connecting Classrooms for Collaborative Learning.” The Common Good (A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning) Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2014.

Kasniunas, Nina Therese.  “Abortion” in Science and Politics.  Ed. Brent S. Steel.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing, 2014.

Kasniunas, Nina Therese and Mark J. Rozell.  “Interest Groups and the Future of Campaigns.” In Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, 2nd Edition.  Ed. Richard Semiatin.  Washington DC: CQ Press, 2012.

Kasniunas, Nina Therese.  “The Case is Submitted: Re-Enactment Theatre and U.S. Supreme Court Oral Arguments.” In Teaching Politics Beyond the Book: Film, Texts, and New Media in the Classroom.  Eds. Robert Glover and Daniel Tagliarina.  New York: Continuum Press, 2012.

Dixon, Michael Bigelow and Nina Therese Kasniunas.  2011.  “Courtroom Drama: Re-Enacting Landmark Cases: A Lesson in Civics and Much More.”  Teaching Theatre 21(2): 5-11.

Ellis, Margaret E. and Nina Therese Kasniunas.  2010.  “Gay Rights: Nature or Nurture?” In Moral Controversies in American Politics, 4th Edition. Eds. Raymond Tatalovich and Byron W. Daynes.  Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2010.

Kasniunas, Nina and Daniel M. Shea.  Campaign Rules: A 50 State Guide to Campaigns and Elections in America.  Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield Publishers, 2010.

Kasniunas, Nina Therese.  “The Media and Civil Liberties.”  In Media Power, Media Politics.  Ed. Mark Rozell.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefied, 2008. (published prior to arrival at Goucher)

Kasniunas, Nina Therese and Mark J. Rozell.  “Interest Groups and the Future of Campaigns.” In Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, 2nd Edition.  Ed. Richard Semiatin.  Washington DC: CQ Press, 2008.  (published prior to arrival at Goucher)

Kasniunas, Nina Therese and Jack E. Rossotti.  “President George W. Bush and Judicial Restraint: Accommodating Religion.”  In Religion and the Bush Presidency.  Eds. Mark Rozell and Gleaves Whitney.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. 

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

Hosted the workshop, “Teaching Difficult Issues in the Classroom: Strategies We All Can Use” at the American Political Science Association’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Long Beach, CA, February 10-12, 2017.

Panelist for “Supporting Data-Driven Student Political Learning and Engagement during and after an Election Season” at the Northeastern Political Science Association Conference in Boston, MA,  November 10-12, 2016.

The Rhetoric of U.S. Senators during the 2013 Government Shutdown: Examining Gendered Differences in Position-Taking over Twitter. With Genevieve Kehoe and Mileah Kromer.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL April 16-19, 2015.

The New Urban Citizen: #HacktivistNoMore.  Presented at the Urban Affairs Association annual meeting in Miami, Florida.  April 9-11, 2015.

Hosted the workshop, “Using Team Based Learning Concepts to Engage Students in Central Course Concepts.”  With Rob Alexander and Andreas Broscheid at the American Political Science Association’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Washington DC, January 16-18, 2015.

The Problems with Problem Solving: Team Based Learning in an American Politics Survey Course.  Presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference in Philadelphia, PA, February 7-9, 2014.

Learning from our Neighbors: Partnering Students with Neighborhood Associations.  Presented at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, April 3-6, 2013.

Connecting Classrooms for Collaborative Learning.  Presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference in Long Beach, CA, February 8-10, 2013.

Experiencing Mayoral Elections Through Exit Polling: Any Professor Can Design This Course.  Presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference in Washington DC, February 17-19, 2012.

The Best Bet for a Dollar: An Examination of Maryland 2010 Elections and Candidate Expenditures.  Written with Dashell Fittry and presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Conference in Philadelphia, PA, November 17-19, 2011.

The Case is Submitted: Re-Enactment Theatre and U.S. Supreme Court Oral Arguments.  Presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference in Albuquerque, NM, February 11-13, 2011.

The Presidential Administration as an Organized Interest: Exploring the Impact of Statement of Administration Policy on the Legislative Process.  Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2009.

Going Cyber: Interest Group Usage of the Internet for Membership Appeals.  Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2008.

The Impact of Interest Group Testimony on Lawmaking in Congress.  Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, IL, April 12-15, 2007.

The Influence of Interest Groups on Policymaking in Congress.  Presented at the American Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, IL, August 30- September 2, 2007.

Interest Group Access to Congressional Hearings.  Presented at the Southern Political Science Association Conference in New Orleans, LA, January 4-7, 2007.

Invited Talks

Invited speaker for, “Can Racial Justice Be Supported in a Two Party System?” hosted by the Baltimore Racial Justice Action monthly meeting on July 13, 2017.

Invited speaker for, “Trumped: Where Do We Go From Here?” hosted by the Baltimore Racial Justice Action monthly meeting on January 13, 2017.

Invited speaker to the Montgomery County Young Democrats on what to expect in the primary election and the dynamics shaping the Democratic Party and the 2016 election.  July 19, 2016.

Academic or Professional Associations

American Political Science Association

Midwest Political Science Association

Urban Affairs Association

Northeastern Political Science Association