Schildkraut’s research examines the implications of the changing ethnic composition of the United States on public opinion in a variety of domains. She studies attitudes related to national and ethnic identity, immigration policy, language policy, and political representation. She teaches courses on political psychology, public opinion, representation, research methods, and the politics of American identity. She is the author of three books, including a co-authored textbook on American government, and numerous articles. One of her books received a Best Book award from the Political Psychology section of the American Political Science Association. She has served on the Board of Overseers for the American National Election Study and has participated in local programs for K-12 educators on incorporating issues related to immigration-driven diversity into their classrooms.
Finds that welcoming immigration policies, supported by institutional authorities, can create a sense of belonging not only among newcomers that is vital to successful integration but also among a large segment of the population that is not a direct beneficiary of such policies—US-born whites.
Examines the extent to which these psychological connections to whites as a group exist and shape how whites feel about descriptive representation.