J. Cherie Strachan, Ph.D.

Dr. Strachan is the Director of the CMU Women's Studies Program.

J. Cherie Strachan joined the department in Fall 2006 as a tenure track faculty member from the State University of New York at Albany. She is the author of High-Tech Grass Roots, which is the only work to systematically explore the use and effects of sophisticated campaign practices in local politics. Conducting research for this book stimulated her concern for political participation in the United States. Her current research projects, which explore the effects of different civic education messages on young people and political culture’s impact on the construction of citizenship in gubernatorial campaign and inaugural rhetoric, continue to address the way communication patterns affect average citizens’ abilities to participate in the political process.

Honors Courses

  • Civil Society & Politics
  • Interest Groups
  • Women & Politics
  • Strategic Campaign Communication

Undergraduate Courses

  • Civil Society & Politics
  • Freshmen Year Experience
  • Deliberative Extracurricular Sessions 
  • Political Behavior
  • Communication in Political Decision Making
  • Persuasion in Public Relations
  • Political Parties                                               
  • Campaigns and Elections                                                        
  • Lobbying/Interest Groups                              
  • Mass Media and American Politics                                                                                                                
  • Women in American Politics
  • Introduction to American Government, Writing Intensive      
  • Communication and Political Science Internships, Writing Intensive

Graduate Courses

  • Scholarly Traditions in Political Science
  • Introduction to Research Methods 
  • Communication in Political Decision-Making            
  • Communication and Citizen Participation
  • Theories and Research in Political Communication
  • Lobbying/Interest Groups
  • Political Science Internships