I am Department Head in Political Science and Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  During Spring 2020 I am on sabbatical and will hold the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Australian National University .

My current research agenda focuses on several questions:  1) In work with Kevin Reuning on protest at the national party conventions we ask when and how party activists protest their own party. 2) In work with Sarah Shan-jan Liu and Neslihan Burcin Tamer we look at how social protest — particularly by women’s movements– influences political activism and public opinion  3) With Erica Dollhopf, I am collecting the employment life course of social movement organizational leaders to examine how working for government influences their ability to lead, 4) with John McCarthy, Chris Fowler, and Dane Mataic I am exploring equity in the purging of voter rolls for voter inactivity, and 5) with the help of a Fulbright Endowed Chair at Australian National University starting January 2020, I have begun work on a book looking at federal systems and the implementation of policies toward women.

For a current copy of my CV, click here, and for my Google citation page click here.

1)  100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment:  An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism (edited volume with Holly McCammon). 2018.  (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

In 2020, the United States will celebrate 100 years since enactment of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  This volume looks back at the decades since women won the right to vote to analyze the changes, developments and even continuities in women’s role in the broad political sphere.

       Related Media Appearances:

        CSPAN3 on the Legacies of the Nineteenth Amendment

2)  2016 National Convention Protest Study (Supported by the McCourtney Institute of Democracy) (with Daniel Gillion, John McCarthy, Patricia Posey and Kevin Reuning)

Using techniques for approximating random samples of protestors developed by the Contextualizing Contestation project,  we survey protestors at the Republican and Democratic National Convention to examine their party connections, level of political engagement and political attitudes.

Working Papers:

        “Is Protest Gendered?: An Analysis of Protestors at the 2016 Party Conventions.”  Available upon request.

“Outside the Convention: Partisan Protestors at the 2016 RNC and DNC and Partisan Activism”  (with Kevin Reuning). Available upon request.

“The Strategy of Protest: Action, Message, and Community” (with Kevin Reuning).   Under Review.  Available upon request

For internal reports, press coverage and preliminary results click here

Learning from Protest  (With Shan-Jan Sarah Liu and Burcin Tamer)

(Supported with a grant from the Spencer Foundation)

These projects uses cross-national surveys of young peoples to examine how youth attitudes are affected by the use of protest.  The project asks three sets of related questions: 1) How does a nation’s political context – specifically the amount and form of protest – influence young citizens’ civic attitudes? 2) How does protest concerning specific issues (e.g., environment or immigration) influence adolescent’s attitudes towards the subject? Do young people learn from highly publicized protests? 3) Do teachers’ orientations influence student attitudes?  Does the amount and form of protest in a country interact with the influence of teachers?

Working Papers:

Learning Gender Equality: Women’s Movement Influence on Youth Attitudes in a Comparative Perspective.   Under review.

Learning Protest: How National Protest Contexts Influence Adolescents’ Views of Unconventional Political Participation

See also:

Civic Education’s Impact on Opinion towards Immigrant Rights: A Comparative Study of Youths’ Attitudes (with Sarah Shan-jan Liu).  Available upon request.

4)  Insider activism and Leadership of Social Movement Organizations (with Erica Dollhopf)

This project uses original data collection on organizations in the United States and their leaders to examine whether social movement organizations benefit from having had leaders who have served in government and the degree to which leaders in social movement organizations may end up serving afterward in government institutions.

5)  Differentially Disenfranchising Voters for Not Voting (with Chris Fowler, John McCarthy, and Dane Mataic)

The purging of voter rolls and inequalities in registration are increasingly an area of public interest with some states moving towards more restricted voting laws while adopting automatic voter registration.  Understanding how politics affects the definition of voter rolls, particularly the degree to which institutions and partisan control affect inequalities in voter rolls is important for understanding the functioning of the American democracy.

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