I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. Additionally, I am a faculty affiliate at the Center for Effective Lawmaking, where I was previously a post-doctoral research associate located at the University of Virginia. My research examines both policy change and discourse and  race and public policy, using big data, machine learning, and text analysis techniques.  Within the first area, I investigate why some issues are discussed more in the Senate than others, how members of Congress publicly present themselves and discuss policy, and whether and why the structure of policy discourse influences policy change. My current book project focuses on the last question. In this work, I use supervised and unsupervised text analysis to build a Congressional data set of speeches from 1995 through 2015 coded for what is being discussed and how it is being discussed. Within the second area, I study the intersection of race and public policy in the U.S. by focusing on racially disparate policing, its causes, and its consequences. As a part of this research, my coauthors and I wrote Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race (2018, Cambridge University Press).

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018, where I specialized in both American Politics and Political Methodology. I earned my B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, with Honors from The Ohio State University in May 2013, and I earned my M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August 2015.

For information about my research and teaching interests, see the links above or below. ​For my CV, click here

Please contact me by email at kelsey.shoub[at]