Jacob Schiller

Jacob Schiller is a PhD student in Political science with specializations in American Politics and Political Behavior. He is primarily interested in understanding the reasons for and effects of descriptive representation. More specifically, his dissertation focuses on how the proportionality of descriptive representation influences group decision-making. In other collaborative work, he has conducted experimental research on how gender stereotypes affect perceptions, how communication influences decision-making, and group membership influences the ABA rankings of judicial appointments. In addition to his research, Jacob has also served as a teaching assistant at Pitt for PS200, The American Political Process, and as a course instructor at Tufts University for an original course, TV’s West Wing and the Executive Branch.

Prior to joining Pitt’s graduate program, Jacob worked in a variety of political organization. Immediately after he graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a degree in Political Science (and a minor in Religion), he joined the campaign of Barack Obama as a Field Organizer in Virginia. After the election, he moved to Washington, D.C., working on the Presidential Inaugural Committee and spending time in the office of Congressman Mike Doyle (PA-14) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Education & Training

  • MA, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2018
  • BA, Political Science, Tufts University, 2012

Research Interests

Representation, descriptive representation, vote choice, decision-making, group decisions, gender stereotypes, gender, race, and religion.


Area of Study