Curriculum Vitae



Boston University, Boston Massachusetts, 2007-

  • Professor of Political Science, 2007-2021; Professor Emerita, 2021 –
  • Dean of Arts & Sciences Emerita, 2017- .
  • Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 2007-15.

University of Wisconsin, Madison (1976-2007)

  • Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Sophonisba P. Breckinridge Professor of Political Science & Women’s Studies (1976-2007)
  • Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (2002-06)
  • Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (2005-06)
  • Sophonisba P. Breckinridge Professor Emerita and Associate Vice Chancellor Emerita (2007-    )


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Michigan, 1976.
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1976.
  • A.B. with High Honors in Government, Phi Beta Kappa, Clark University, 1972.


Political psychology, public opinion, political behavior, electoral politics, political socialization; Gender, politics, and policy; Politics, policy, and history of higher education. Mostly, but not only US.

HONORS & AWARDS (for full list, see c.v.)

  • American Political Science Association Frank J. Goodnow Award for  distinguished service (2015)
  • International Society for Political Psychology Harold Lasswell Award for distinguished contributions to the field of political psychology (2015)
  • First Annual Award for Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, UW-Madison (2006)
  • CIC Academic Leadership Fellow (2003-04)
  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Class of 2002)
  • UW-Madison Hilldale Award in the social sciences for excellence in teaching, research, and service (2000)
  • Awarded the Sophonisba B. Breckinridge Professorship of Political Science & Women’s Studies (1995)


  • Boards, Oversight, and Advisory Committees:
    Gilmanton’s Own, Inc. (2017- ), Board Vice President (2018-); Shelter Music Boston (2016-2021), Board President (2019-20); Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation Visiting Committee, Department of Political Science (2006-15); Lowell Observatory Advisory Board (2012-15); International Benchmarking Team for reviewing political and international studies in the United Kingdom, sponsored by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (2007-07); Clark University Board of Trustees (2001-07); American National Election Studies Board of Overseers (1991-97).
  • Institutional and Organizational Leadership: American Political Science Association Vice President  (1999-2000), Secretary (1996-97), and Program Director (1998); President of APSA Organized Section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Political Behavior (2001-03); Founding President of APSA Organized Section on Women and Politics Research (1987).
  • Professional Organizations Committee Chair: APSA Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights, & Freedoms; (2016-18) APSA Development Committee (2012-15); Founding Chair, APSA Committee on Teaching and Learning (2004-05); APSA Committee on the Annual Meeting (2001-02);  Midwest Political Science Association Committee on the Status of Women (1998); APSA Woodrow Wilson Book Award Committee (1995-96); APSA Nominations Committee (1993)
  • Research: NSF Foundation subcommittee on social science research and human subjects review (2001); Principal Investigator;  American National Election Studies 1997-2001.
  • Public Service: Co-author, Brief, Amici Curiae of Professors of History, Political Science, and Law in Support of Petitioner, Ruben Flores-Villar v. United States 564 U.S. __-09-5801 (2011);   Consultant to Wisconsin Women’s Bar study of legal careers (1992-93); Expert participant, Expert Group on the Role of Women in Public Life, United Nations Office at Vienna, Division for the Advancement of Women (1991).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (for full list, see c.v.)


  • Women in American Society: An Introduction to Women’s Studies. Mayfield Publishing.  (5 editions; 1986-2003).
  • A Vindication of Political Virtue: The Political Theory of Mary Wollstonecraft (University of Chicago Press, 1992). Winner of the APSA Victoria Schuck Award for Best Book on Women and Politics published in 1992.
  • The Political Integration of Women: Roles, Socialization and Politics. (University of Illinois Press, 1983).

Recent Scholarly Articles and Chapters

  • “The Power and Fragility of Social Movement Coalitions: The Woman Suffrage Movement to 1870.” Boston University Law Review 100 (2020): 1557-1611.
  • “What Is, Could Be, and Should Be: Historical Feminist Theory and Contemporary Political Psychology,” prepared for Sarah Fenstermaker and Abigail J. Stewart, Gender, Considered: Feminist Reflections across the Social Sciences. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, pp.239-61.
  • “Virtue with and without Gender,” in Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting, and Alan Coffee, eds., The Wollstonecraftian Mind, New York: Routledge, 2019, pp.323-37.
  • “Sexual harassment: Performances of gender, sexuality, and power.” Perspectives on Politics 16 (4), 2018.
  • “Reading Mary Wollstonecraft in time.” In Eileen Hunt Botting, Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Yale University Press, 2014).
  • “Campaigning for Congress in the “9-11″ Era: Considerations of gender and party in response to an exogenous shock.” American Politics Research (2011), with Patricia Strach.
  • “Gender, context, and television advertising: A comprehensive analysis of 2000 and 2002 House races.” Political Research Quarterly (2009), with Katherine Cramer, Patricia Strach, and Valerie Hennings.
  • “Not your parents’ political socialization: Introduction for a new generation.” Annual Review of Political Science (2004).