Liz Shanahan, Associate Professor
D.A., Idaho State University, 2005
Curriculum: Public policy processes and analysis, research methods and applied statistics, foundations of public administration.
PSCI 210 - Introduction to American Government (online)
PSCI 310 - Applied Statistical Techniques
PSCI 437 - Environmental Politics
PSCI 551 - Research Methods for Public Administrators
PSCI 552 - Public Policy Processes
PSCI 554 - Foundations of Public Administration
Research Agenda: Public policy decision making,
environmental politics of the Greater Yellowstone Area
D.A., Political Science, Idaho State University, 2005.
Doctoral Dissertation - “Land Conservation Initiatives in the American West: An Examination of Varying Levels of Support.” Mark McBeth, advisor.
Master of Public Administration, Public Policy, Idaho State University, 2004.
Master of Counseling, Community Counseling, Idaho State University, 1994.
A.B., Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College,1986.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman. (August 2005–September 2011)
Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Idaho State University, Pocatello. (2001-2005)
ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) Training
Social Network Analysis, with Stanley Wasserman (2011) and Katherine Faust (2012)
Research & Publications
Central to my research is the study of how policy narratives influence policy outcomes. With colleagues, I have developed the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), an empirical policy process framework that operates at the micro, meso, and macro levels of analysis.
While I have spent much of my career building the NPF, I have also explored empirical applications in the environmental policy domain. Most recently, I have imported the NPF to the hazards and risk world, testing a narrative-based risk communication framework for flood hazards and for infectious disease spillovers.
National Science Foundation CNH-L “Dynamics of Zoonotic Systems: Human-Bat-Pathogen Interactions.” 2017-2021. Co-PI with PI Dr. Raina Plowright. Awarded $1,650,000.
National Science FoundationIMEE “The Impacts of Narrative‑Based Risk Communication on Hazard Preparedness.” 2016-2019. PI with co-PIs Drs. Clem Izurieta, Jamie McEvoy, Geoffrey Poole, Eric Raile, and Richard Ready. Awarded $550,000.
Northwest Climate Science Center “Informing Implementation of the Greater Yellowstone’s Coordinating Committee’s Whitebark Pine Strategic Plan.” 2014-2016. Co-PI with PI Andrew Hansen and co-PI Helen Naughton. Awarded $400,000.
Montana Cooperative Development Center “Program Evaluation.” 2015-2016. PI to fund students. Awarded $25,000.
MT CCC Big Sky Watershed Corp, “Program Evaluation.” 2015. PI to partially fund a student. Awarded $5,375.
Inland Northwest Research Alliance, Understanding Water Management Decisions and Priorities. 2006.PI.Awarded $15,240.
Select Publications on Narrative Policy Framework
Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Michael D. Jones, and Mark K. McBeth. 2018. “How to Conduct a Narrative Policy Framework Study.” Social Science Journal, forthcoming. DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2017.12.002
Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Michael D. Jones, Mark K. McBeth, and Claudio M. Radaelli. 2017. “The Narrative Policy Framework.” Christopher M. Weible and Paul A. Sabatier, eds. The Theories of the Policy Process, 4th Edition, (pp.173-213). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Michael D. Jones, and Mark K. McBeth. 2015. “Narrative Policy Framework.” Melvin Dubnick and Domonic Bearfield, eds. The Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, 3rd Edition. New York, New York: Taylor and Francis. DOI: 10.1081/E-EPAP3-120053656
Jones, Michael D., Elizabeth A. Shanahan, and Mark K. McBeth, eds. 2014. The Science of Stories: Applications of Narrative Policy Framework.New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Stephanie M. Adams, Michael D. Jones, and Mark K. McBeth. 2014. “The Blame Game: Narrative Persuasiveness of the Intentional Causal Mechanism.” Michael D. Jones, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, and Mark K. McBeth, eds. The Science of Stories: Applications of Narrative Policy Framework (pp. 69-88).New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Michael D. Jones, Mark K. McBeth, and Ross Lane. 2013. “An Angel on the Wind: How Heroic Policy Narrative Shape Policy Realities.” Policy Studies Journal 41(3): 453-483.
McBeth, Mark K., Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Molly Anderson, Barbara Rose. 2012. “Policy Story or Gory Story: Narrative Policy Framework Analysis of Buffalo Field Campaign’s YouTube Videos.” Policy & Internet 4(3-4): 159-183.
Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Michael D. Jones, and Mark K. McBeth. 2011. “Policy Narratives and Policy Processes.” Policy Studies Journal 39(3): 535-561.
Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Mark K. McBeth, and Paul L. Hathaway. 2011. “Narrative Policy Framework: The Influence of Media Policy Narratives on Public Opinion.” Policy & Politics 39(3): 373-400.
McBeth, Mark K., Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Linda E. Tigert, Paul L. Hathaway, and Lynette J. Sampson. 2010. “Buffalo Tales: Interest Group Policy Stories and Tactics in Greater Yellowstone.” Policy Sciences 43(4): 391-409.
Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Mark K. McBeth, Paul L. Hathaway, and Ruth J. Arnell. 2008. “Conduit or Contributor? The Role of Media in Policy Change Theory.” Policy Sciences 41(2): 115-138.
McBeth, Mark K., Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Ruth J. Arnell, and Paul L. Hathaway. 2007. “The Intersection of Narrative Policy Analysis and Policy Change Theory.” Policy Studies Journal 35(1): 87-108.
McBeth, Mark K. and Elizabeth A. Shanahan. 2005. “Public Opinion for Sale: The Role of Policy Marketers in Greater Yellowstone Policy Conflict.” Policy Sciences 37(3/4): 319-338.
McBeth, Mark K., Elizabeth A. Shanahan, and Michael D. Jones. 2005. “The Science of Storytelling: Measuring Policy Beliefs in Greater Yellowstone.” Society and Natural Resources 18(5): 413-429.
Publications on NSF’s ADVANCE
Skewes, Monica, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, and Sara Rushing. “Absent autonomy: Relational competence and gendered paths to faculty self-determination in the promotion and tenure process.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Online first publication August 17, 2017. DOI: 10.1037/dhe0000064
Smith, Jessi L., Ian M. Handley, Rebecca Belou, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Monica C. Skewes, Lexie Kambich, Joy Honea, and Kristen Intemann. 2017. “Added benefits: How supporting women Faculty in STEM Improves Everyone’s Job Satisfaction.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Online first publication December 7, 2017. DOI: 10.1037/dhe0000066.
Select Other Publications
Raile, Eric D., Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Michael P. Wallner, Linda M. Young, Marja Avonius*, Micaela Young*, and Nacer Tayeb*. 2017. “Using Alumni Views to Connect the Past, Present, and Future in Political Science.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50(3): 837-841. DOI: 10.1017/S1049096517000695
Rossmann, Doralyn and Elizabeth A. Shanahan. 2012. “Defining and Achieving Normative Democratic Values in Participatory Budgeting Processes.” Public Administration Review 72(1): 56-65.
Shanahan, Elizabeth A. 2010. “Open Space Ballot Initiatives in the American West: A New West--Old West Phenomenon?” Studies in Sociology of Science 1(1):22-35.
Select Non-Referred Publications
Shanahan, Elizabeth A. and Karynne Cabral*. 2016. Montana Cooperative Development Center: Program Evaluation. Report for Montana Cooperative Development Center.
Belou, Becca, Ian Handley, Kristen Intemann, Sara Rushing, and Elizabeth Shanahan. 2015. “Recommendations for Improving the MSU Promotion, Retention and Tenure Process: Qualitative Results.” Report for NSF ADVANCE for Montana State University.
Shanahan, Elizabeth A. and Mark K. McBeth. 2010. “The Science of Storytelling: Policy Marketing and Wicked Problems in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” J.D. Johnson, ed. Knowing Yellowstone: Science in the Nation’s First National Park (pp. 140-159). Boulder, CO: Taylor Trade.
Jackson-Smith, D., Sandra Marquart-Pyatt, Charles Harris, Amy Lovecraft, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, and Paul Wanschneider. 2007. Research Needs Assessment for Water Resources Management. Report for Inland Northwest Research Alliance.
American Political Science Association, (2004- present).
Midwest Political Science Association (2011).
Western Political Science Association, (2003-present).
MSU’s Women’s Faculty Caucus, (2009-present)
Casque and Gauntlet, a senior honor society at Dartmouth College (1985-1986).