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School of Politics and International Affairs
Assistant Prof.
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Dr. Skinner received her PhD. in Government and Public Policy from the University of Arizona. Dr. Skinner's expertise is in American Politics, political behavior, and public opinion. Her research interests include immigration and refugee issues, race and ethnicity politics, and political psychology topics including attitude formation and the reception of political communication. Her work has been published in American Political Science Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research. At UIS, Dr. Skinner teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including Closing Seminar, US-Mexico Border Politics, Race & Ethnicity Politics, and Women and Politics.

Recent Publications:

Skinner, Isabel Williams. "How Characterizations of Refugees Shape Attitudes Toward Refugee Restrictions: A Study of Christian and Muslim Americans." International Journal of Public Opinion Research 34, no. 3 (2022): edac022.

Williams, Isabel, Timothy B. Gravelle, and Samara Klar. "The competing influence of policy content and political cues: cross-border evidence from the United States and Canada." American Political Science Review 116, no. 4 (2022):

Media & Blogs:

Skinner, Isabel, Sophia Doran. “An Existential Threat to the Indian Child Welfare Act”. The Capitol Connection.(blog).


Podcast Interviewee, “Dr. Isabel Skinner.” Kudzu Vine. March 5th, 2023.

Television Interviewee, “Gov. Pritzker calls on College Board after criticism to AP African American studies course.” by Julia Rosier, ABC News Channel 20, February 6th, 2023.