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Virginia (“Gina”) Sapiro is Professor Emerita of Political Science and Dean Emerita of Arts & Sciences at Boston University, and the Sophonisba P. Breckinridge Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.. She has published extensively in the fields of political psychology, political behavior and public opinion, gender politics, and feminist and democratic theory. Her scholarship is a study of the history of higher education in the United States and its relationship to American political and social development. She also remains preoccupied with pubic opinion, perception, and political behavior.

More information is available on her c.v., on this website.


Professor Sapiro has received many honors and awards for her research, teaching, and service. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, and in 2015 received the International Society for Political Psychology Harold Lasswell Award for distinguished scientific contributions in the field of political psychology and in 2016 she was given the Frank J. Goodnow Award to recognize a career of distinguished scholarship and professional service.

When not being extremely professional Gina is most likely to be found in her garden in New Hampshire tending to her tomatoes, potatoes, squashes, eggplants, peppers, and other vegetables as well as her flowers, or she is baking. Unless it is winter. In which case she is reading seed catalogues and fantasizing about her gardens. And baking.