Women In American Democracy Conference Speakers

Opening Remarks

Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Divisional Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences and Graduate Affairs in Arts & Sciences, and Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sociology  The Ohio State University

steffensmeier.2Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier is Divisional Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences and Graduate Affairs in Arts & Sciences, at The Ohio State University, and Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sociology (courtesy).  She directs the Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM).  Box-Steffensmeier served as President of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Political Methodology Society as well as Treasurer of the American Political Science Association. She has twice received the Gosnell Award for the best work in political methodology and the Emerging Scholar Award of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association in 2001. She was an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology. The Box-Steffensmeier Graduate Student Award, given annually by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Ressearch (ICPSR) is named after her in recognition of her contributions in political methodology and her support of women in this field. She received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Political Science Department in 2013, Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor Award in 2009, Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences in 2013, the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar award in 2012, and the Political Methodology Career Achievement Award in 2013.  She was appointed as the faculty representative to the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee of the Ohio State Board of Trustees in 2013.

Dean Box-Steffensmeier earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Political Science from Coe College, and a Ph.D., in the Department of Government, from the University of Texas.


Historical Overview of Women’s Contributions to the Development of American Democracy

Paula Baker, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University – Moderator and Presenter

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Professor Paula Baker researches and writes on women, gender, and politics.  She is currently completing a history of campaign finance, The American Political Industry, which tells the story of party finance and organization from the beginning of mass political parties to the present. She is the author of Curbing Campaign Cash: Henry Ford, Truman Newberry, and the Politics of Progressive Reform.

Before coming to Columbus in 2002, Professor Baker served as a Special Assistant and a contractor with the Employment and Training Administration at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. She was previously an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Professor Baker has written on women, gender, and politics, notably in The Moral Frameworks of Public Life (Oxford, 1991) and “The Domestication of Politics: Women and American Political Society, 1780-1920” (American Historical Review, 1984).  She is the editor of a collection of essays on campaign finance, co-editor of Major Problems in American History Since 1945, and author of the chapters covering the years 1860 to 1914 in The Empire State, A History of New York (2001).  She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Political and Policy History.  She has written numerous essays for academic journals and for three years edited Social Science History. She is on the board of the Journal of Policy History and New York State History, has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Historical Methods, and is a founding editor of a series on political history for Johns Hopkins University Press. Baker has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and was the recipient of an American Association of University Women fellowship.

Professor Baker earned her Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University.


Susan Hartmann, Professor of History (Emerita), The Ohio State University

hartmann.1Professor Hartmann specializes in 20th century American history and women’s history. She has written Truman and the 80th Congress (University of Missouri Press, 1971), The Home Front and Beyond: American Women in the 1940s (Twayne Publishers, 1982), From Margin to Mainstream: American Women and Politics since 1960 (Alfred A. Knopf, 1989), and The Other Feminists: Activists in the Liberal Establishment (Yale University Press, 1998). She is a co-author of the textbook, The American Promise: A History of the United States (Bedford Books, 4th ed., 2008) and has published articles on such topics as feminism and religion, women in the military, public policies in the Truman, Johnson and Carter administrations and gender and politics. Her current research deals with gender and the reshaping of U.S. politics and policy after World War II.

Professor Hartmann is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has won the College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty Award and the University Distinguished Service Award. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and was recently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

She taught first at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and has been at Ohio State University since 1986.

Professor Hartmann earned a B.A., from Washington University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.


Felice Batlan, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty, Director of the Institute for Compliance, and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and Humanities, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Batlan_Felice_portraitDean Batlan has published and presented extensively on the topics of legal history, women in the legal profession, and feminist legal theory—occasionally appearing alongside such prominent feminist figures as Gloria Steinem. She has also provided expert commentary on numerous radio and television programs. Her new book, Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945 (Cambridge University Press 2015), explores the history of the development of legal aid in the United States and the significant and unknown role that women played as both providers and clients of legal aid.

Before teaching, Dean Batlan clerked for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then worked as a law firm associate specializing in securities law and financial markets.  She was associate general counsel and head of global compliance at Greenwich NatWest. Before coming to IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Batlan  taught at Tulane Law School. She is both an attorney and a historian, earning a Ph.D. in U.S. history from New York University and J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as executive editor for the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.

Dean Batlan has has interests in a wide variety of subjects spanning law, financial regulation, and the humanities, serving as the first director of the Institute for Compliance and as co-director of the Institute for Law and the Humanities. Her teaching areas include U.S. legal history, gender and the law, feminist jurisprudence, corporations, business organizations, securities regulation, and contracts.

Dean Batlan was recently appointed as an associate editor and book review editor for the prestigious Law and History Review.  Previously she has performed editorial duties for Continuity and Change,  and for the Macmillan-Gale Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States, with responsibility for sections on women, gender and sexuality, and corporations. As a historian, she has served as both a consultant and a member of the Accession Committee for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.

Dean Batlan blogs at Thoughts on Women, Media, and the Law.

Dean Batlan earned a B.A. in history from Smith College, a Ph.D. in history from New York University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Women in Elected Office:  Stories from Ohio


Karen Kasler
, Bureau Chief, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau – Moderator

karen_kasler_headshot_10-15_1Karen Kasler is Bureau Chief, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau, covering political and legislative news in Ohio. She has covered major elections and the controversies surrounding them, moderated US Senate debates (2012, 2010) and led debates over statewide issues, covered the Republican National Convention in 2000, anchors the Bureau’s live coverage of the governor’s State of the State, has produced features for NPR and “Marketplace”, and has been interviewed by NPR, the BBC, NBC and several local and regional stations around the country. Ms. Kasler is a regular panelist on WCPN/ideastream’s “The Sound of Ideas”, a frequent guest on WOSU-TV’s “Columbus on the Record” and has appeared on WBNS-TV’s “Face the State”.

Ms. Kasler has also produced award-winning series on identity theft and the Y2K panic, the blackout of 2003, and also co-produced an award-winning nationally-distributed documentary on the one-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, which featured her interview with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge from the West Wing of the White House. In 1999, she was a media witness to the execution of Wilford Berry, at the time the first man put to death since Ohio re-instated capital punishment.

Ms. Kasler has been honored by the Association of Capitol Editors and Reporters, the Cleveland Press Club/Society of Professional Journalists, the Ohio Educational Telecommunications Commission, and holds a National Headliner Award. She’s won several awards from the Ohio AP, and is a four-time winner of the AP’s Best Broadcast Writing award. Kasler is a three-time Emmy nominee for “The State of Ohio”. She is past president of the Ohio Associated Press, and currently on the Board of Directors for the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. Karen is also a former adjunct professor at Capital University in Columbus.

Ms. Kasler earned a B.A. from Otterbein College and a Masters Degree from the Kiplinger Program for Mid-Career Journalists at The Ohio State University.


Honorable Laurel A. Beatty, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas

Judge_Laurel_Beatty Head ShotJudge Beatty started her legal career at Frost Brown Todd (formerly Frost & Jacobs) in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was a member of the litigation department, focusing primarily on commercial and diet drug defense litigation. Judge Beatty then returned to her hometown of Columbus and joined Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter where she was a member of the litigation, creditor’s rights and bankruptcy, and government affairs departments. Afterward she handled small business, probate, and personal injury matters for Otto Beatty, Jr.  & Associates where she sat first and second chair in several trials.

Judge Beatty then served as Director of Legislative Affairs and Counsel to the Voting Rights Institute for the Ohio Secretary of State.  In that role, Judge Beatty served as liaison to the Ohio General Assembly and 88 county boards of elections.  She also oversaw the drafting of legislation, obtained sponsors for bills, and provided testimony and information on bills pertaining to the Secretary of State’s office.

In 2009 Governor Ted Strickland appointed Judge Beatty to serve on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.  In that capacity, Judge Beatty has jurisdiction over felony criminal cases, administrative appeals, and civil matters in which the sum or matters in dispute exceed $15,000. Judge Beatty was subsequently elected in November 2010, earning 68% of the vote in Franklin County.

Judge Beatty is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the YWCA of Central Ohio.  She is currently a member of the United Way of Central Ohio Board of Trustees, Chair, Education Impact Council and the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Central Ohio. As a parent and elected official, Judge Beatty served on the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force, which aims to reduce the rate of infant mortality in Columbus/Franklin County. Judge Beatty has served on numerous law-related panels and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, and John Mercer Langston Bar Association.

Judge Beatty earned her B.S. in psychology from Spelman College in 1996 and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School


Representative Cheryl L. Grossman, Ohio House District 23

23State Representative Cheryl Grossman is currently serving her fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 23rd House District, which includes Grove City, Jackson Township, Urbancrest, and portions of Hilliard, Norwich Township, Prairie Township, Franklin Township and Columbus. Rep. Grossman served as assistant majority whip during the 129th General Assembly and majority whip during the 130th General Assembly.

Rep. Grossman served as mayor of Grove City from 1996 to 2008. Prior to her service as mayor, she was elected as Council Member-at-Large as well as Grove City Council President from 1994 to 1995. Rep. Grossman was an executive board member of the Franklin County Emergency Management Association and a past member of the Ohio Retirement Study Council. She has also served as a board member on the Public Works Integrating Committee, the Environmental Natural Resource Advisory Council, the Jobs Ready Site Committee and the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government. She is the former president of the Central Ohio Municipal Council and served on the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Regional Economic (CORE) Leadership Group.

Rep. Grossman is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute.


Representative Greta Johnson, Ohio House District 35

Greta JohnsonState Representative Greta Johnson represents Ohio’s 35th District.  A first term representative, Rep. Johnson is a force of energy and passion, Rep. Johnson understands the issues and fights for the people in her community every day. She brings a strong voice for education, women, and criminal justice to the Statehouse.  Rep. Johnson works to ensure children in Ohio get the best education—no matter their background.  She is also a fierce advocate for women, voicing concerns over sexual assault and domestic violence.

Rep. Johnson has worked in the Prosecutor’s Office for Mahoning County, Summit County and the City of Akron since 2004.  Rep. Johnson’s experience allows her to understand the pressing issues facing her community, from education and jobs to the health and safety of children and families.

Rep. Johnson is a married mother of two. She understands the hardships facing many Ohio families today. From finding quality jobs to accessing the best education, too many Ohio families are falling behind. Rep. Johnson comes to Columbus hopeful and determined to make an impact in the lives of folks across her district.  She speaks out for justice, jobs, and opportunity for all Ohioans. Her professional experiences put her in a unique position in the Ohio House and she looks forward to tackling another challenge.  Rep. Johnson sees a bright future for the 35th District— she works every day to make it a reality.

Rep. Johnson serves on the House Judiciary Committee, House Armed Services Committee, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

Rep. Johnson earned a B.A., M.A. and J.D. from the University of Akron.


Betty Montgomery, President of Montgomery Consulting Group, LLC and former Ohio Attorney General

1Betty New Picture 2005Betty Montgomery’s distinguished career in public service has been one of “firsts.”  She has served as Ohio’s first woman Auditor of State, first woman Attorney General, first woman State Senator in District 2, first woman Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Perrysburg and first woman Wood County Prosecuting Attorney (and the only woman prosecutor in the state).

Montgomery’s long career in public service has included a number of highlights.  As State Senator for the 2nd District in northwest Ohio, Betty Montgomery’s work included Ohio’s first Living Will Law, Ohio’s first brownfields legislation, and Ohio’s Victim’s Rights Law.  As Ohio Attorney General, Betty Montgomery dramatically increased state support for local law enforcement, as well as rebuilt all of Ohio’s crime labs, introduced DNA, and 21st century technology to Ohio, thus helping the office join just four percent of the nation’s law enforcement agencies by earning accreditation for both the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation.  Her office was awarded the American Bar Association Pro Bono Award, as well as recognition for excellence in Supreme Court advocacy, winning seven “Best of Brief” awards in her eight years as Attorney General.

President of Montgomery Consulting Group LLC which was founded in 2007, Betty Montgomery is also an Attorney of Counsel with MacMurray Petersen & Shuster LLP.  She serves on the Capitol Square Foundation and the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation, the JobsOhio Beverage System Board and the Ohio Venture Capital Authority.  In addition, she chairs The Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and serves on the Board of Bowling Green State University.

Betty Montgomery earned a B.A. from Bowling Green State University and a J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law.


Mobilizing Women of Color in Electoral Politics:  Shifting from Voters to Candidates?

Wendy Smooth, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University – Moderator and Presenter

wendysmoothDr. Smooth’s research and teaching focus on women’s experiences in political institutions and the impact of public policies on women’s lives. She is currently working on a book entitled, Perceptions of Power and Influence: The Impact of Race and Gender in American State Legislatures, which examines the impact of race and gender on the distribution of power and influence in U.S. state legislatures. Based on this research, Dr. Smooth was awarded the Best Dissertation in Women and Politics by the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She is particularly interested in the ways in which institutions preference gender and racial norms through their institutional arrangements, norms, preferences and day to day operating procedures.

In her courses, Dr. Smooth addresses various public policies affecting women and girls including work/family and workplace diversity policies; empowerment for women living with HIV/AIDS; violence against women and girls; and welfare reform. Her policy work is informed by her experiences as a senior research and policy associate with the Center for Women Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., which is the oldest feminist research and policy organization in the country. She continues to focus on public policies impacting women and communities of color as a faculty affiliate with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity here at OSU.

Before joining the faculty of The Ohio State University, Dr. Smooth was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Smooth earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Christina Bejarano, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas

Christina Bejarano, assistant professor, political science

Professor Bejarano’s research goal is to incorporate the diverse viewpoints and life experiences of both racial/ethnic minorities and women into mainstream U.S. politics research. She is particularly interested in examining questions of intersectionality of multiple identities, especially the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender. In her research, Professor Bajarano outlines the conditions under which minorities and women successfully compete for electoral office. She also studies how racial/ethnic minority and women voters can shape or influence electoral politics, particularly examining the influence of intersecting identities on their political behavior, such as their voter turnout rates and candidate selection.

Her teaching and research focuses on U.S. politics, racial/ethnic minority political behavior, Latino politics, women and politics, and political psychology. She is author of the book, The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (2014), in which she delves into the complex gender differences for Latino political behavior, and demonstrates that the major political parties have and will strategically mobilize and court the Latino electorate, Latinas in particular. Her other numerous publications focus on the growing influence of Latinos and Latinas on American politics. In her book, The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race and Politcal Success (2013), Professor Bejarano challenges common assumptions and offers new alternatives in the debate over the current political status of women, through a data-driven study indicating that minority female political candidates often have a strong advantage over male opponents when seeking political office.

Professor Bejarano earned a B.A. from University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. and M.A. from University of Iowa.


Glynda C. Carr, Co-Founder, Higher Heights

Glynda Carr Headshot 2Glynda C. Carr, Co-Founder of Higher Heights, a national 501(c)(4) organization strategizing to analyze, expand and support a Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and strengthen their civic participation beyond just Election Day. Ms. Carr is an advocate and political strategist recognized for her innovative leadership style, commitment to expanding the civic participation of communities of color and advancing  progressive public policies that build sustainable communities.

Carr is the former Executive Director of Education Voters of New York, a leading independent voice for school reform in the state. She joined Education Voters in 2008 where she became New  York’s youngest African-American woman to run a statewide advocacy organization. Prior to Education Voters, Carr was Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Kevin Parker  (Brooklyn), and managed the Senator’s key initiatives and shaped policy around youth  development and economic development for the then newly created 21st senatorial district.  She  also served as campaign manager for two of his successful re-election campaigns. Ms. Carr has held senior management positions with key national organizations including: the  Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Ms. Carr’s writing has also appeared on TheRoot.com, BET.com, Ebony.com and Feminist.com.  She is a contributor on The SPIN: All Women’s Media Panel and  has appeared on Fox News Live, MSNBC and several other media outlets.  She was named a  “Rising Star” in The Capitol’s 2009 40 under 40 edition.


Dan Tokaji, Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

dantokajiProfessor Daniel P. Tokaji is an authority on election law and voting rights. He specializes in election reform, including such topics as voting technology, voter ID, provisional voting, and other subjects addressed by the Help America Vote Act of 2002. He also studies issues of fair representation, including redistricting and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Professor Tokaji’s scholarship addresses questions of political equality, racial justice, and the role of the federal courts in American democracy, with a special focus on election administration. Among the publications in which his work has appeared are the Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law & Policy Review, and Yale Law Journal. He is a co-author of the casebook Election Law: Cases and Materials (4th ed. 2008) and co-editor of Election Law Journal.

Tokaji earned an A.B. from Harvard University in English and American Literature/Philosophy and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Carrie Davis, Executive Director, Ohio League of Women Voters

CarrieCarrie Davis leads the League of Women Voters of Ohio. Davis brought to the League her extensive experience as an advocate for voting rights and good government at the Statehouse, in the courtroom, and in local communities. Prior to joining the League, Ms. Davis served as staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, where she worked on a variety of issues including voting rights, free speech, criminal justice, racial justice, LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, and government accountability.

Ms. Davis  has litigated numerous election law and good government cases including the 2008 case Project Vote v. Brunner, in which she obtained a court order keeping open the Ohio window for simultaneous registration and early voting. Ms. Davis was also part of the legal team in the case Boustani v. Blackwell that struck down a 2006 Ohio law requiring naturalized citizens to produce a certificate of naturalization if challenged at the polls.

Ms. Davis interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as part of a Women in Public Policy program and later worked as a Congressional Aide. She returned to Ohio to attend law school and enter public service. During law school, Ms. Davis  worked as a legal intern with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education and served as Editor-in-Chief and Bureau Chief of The Internet Law Journal.

Ms. Davis earned a B.A. in philosophy and public policy from Albion College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. 


Gender Dynamics of the Campaign Trail:  Stereotypes, Messages, & Communication

Jill Bystydzienski, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University – Moderator

bystydzienski.1Dr. Jill Bystydzienski’s current research examines barriers to advancement of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She has been a principal and co-principal investigator on three National Science Foundation grants that focused on women in the sciences and engineering. In autumn 2015, Dr. Bystydzienski was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to study women’s organizations that work to improve the status of women in STEM in Poland. She also has done work on women, gender and politics in international and global perspective, with politics broadly defined to encompass established political institutions and women’s movements, organizations, and actions. Her most recent research in this area focuses on women’s movements and feminisms in post-Soviet countries. Another area of interest is women and gender in cross-cultural perspective, particularly the phenomenon of crossing cultures and cultural barriers, and building coalitions across difference.

Dr. Bystydzienski earned her B.A. and M.A. in sociology from McGill University and Ph.D. in educational foundations and sociology from SUNY Albany,


Kelly Dittmar, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University–Camden and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics

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Kelly Dittmar’s research focuses on gender and American political institutions, including Congress, with a particular focus on how gender informs campaigns and the impact of gender diversity among elites in policy and political decisions, priorities, and processes. She is the author of Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns (Temple University Press, 2015), as well as multiple book chapters on gender and American politics.

Professor Dittmar was an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow from 2011 to 2012, where she served as a legislative aide on education, labor, social welfare, and women’s issues. She previously worked as a Federal Legislative Assistant for Governor Jennifer Granholm (MI).

At CAWP, Professor Dittmar manages national research projects, helps to develop and implement CAWP’s research agenda, and contributes to CAWP reports, publications, and analyses. She also works with CAWP’s programs for women’s public leadership and has been an expert source and commentator for media outlets including MSNBC,NPR, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. She currently serves on the editorial board for Politics and Gender and is a board member for Women Under Forty PAC.

Professor Dittmar earned her B.A. from Aquinas College and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.


Kathleen A. Dolan, Professor and Chair of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

University Award portrait of Kathleen Dolan, UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Award.

Kathleen A. Dolan’s research and teaching interests focus on American government, political and electoral behavior, women and politics, public opinion, political participation, legislative politics and Congress and elections and voting.  Professor Dolan has published widely on these topics, and her recent book When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections (2014), is the first study to measure gender stereotypes against voter decisions in real elections, and demonstrates that partisan concerns consistently outweigh gender stereotypes in voter decisions. Professor Dolan is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, including most recently, a National Science Foundation grant for the project “Voting for Women: The Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Support for Women Candidates in the United States.”

Professor Dolan is a Member, American National Election Studies Board, and Co-President, Women and Politics Research Section, APSA.  She has served as Section Chair, 2012 MPSA Program Committee, Gender Politics Section, and Co-Editor, Politics & Gender, the official journal of the APSA organized section on Women and Politics, published by Cambridge University Press, July 2007-June 2010, and her service has included membership on numerous political science and politics and gender associations,  boards and committees. She has also served as reviewer for the National Science Foundation, Cambridge University Press, Congressional Quarterly Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, and W.W. Norton.

Professor Dolan has also taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, University of Toledo, and the University of Maryland. She was an Analyst, Government Division, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

Professor Dolan earned a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College, and an M.A. and Ph.D in American Government and Political Behavior from the University of Maryland – College Park.


Dianne Bystrom, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University

bystromProfessor Dianne Bystrom, the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, has personal and professional experience in covering, working in and studying political campaigns. Her current research interests focus on (1) the styles and strategies used by women and men political candidates in their television advertising, websites and speeches and (2) the coverage of women candidates and political leaders by the media. Professor Bystrom is a frequent commentator about political and women’s issues for state, national and international media.

Professor Bystrom is a contributor, co-author or co-editor of 19 books—including “alieNATION: The Divide and Conquer Election of 2012” (2014); “Media Disparity: A Gender Battleground” (2013); “Women & Executive Office: Pathways and Performance” (2013); “Communication in the 2008 U.S. Election: Digital Natives Elect a President” (2011); “Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling: A Global Comparison of Women’s Campaigns for Executive Office” (2010); “Gender and Elections” (2014, 2009 and 2006); “Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead” (2008); “Communicating Politics” (2005); “Gender and Candidate Communication” (2004); “Anticipating Madam President” (2003); and “Women Transforming Congress” (2002) – and has written journal articles on women and politics, youth voters and the Iowa caucus.

In addition to directing the Catt Center, Professor Bystrom teaches courses on leadership, women and politics, and political campaigns. She established Iowa State’s interdisciplinary undergraduate Leadership Studies Program, which is coordinated by the center. Before joining Iowa State in July 1996, she worked for 17 years at the University of Oklahoma in public relations, higher education administration and political communication.

Professor Bystrom earned a B.A. in journalism from Kearney (NE) State College, and an M.A. in journalism and mass communication and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma.


Kristina Horn Sheeler, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

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Kristina Horn Sheeler is Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Liberal Arts and Professor, Department of Communication Studies at Indiana Univeristy — Purdue University Indianapolis. Her teaching and research interests focus on political communication, gender, and public identity, studying the ways in which political identity is rhetorically constructed and contested in popular media.

Dean Sheeler is the recipient of several awards, including the Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2014; Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender book award, 2014, for Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Politial Culture (in which she and her co-author identify a pernicious backlash against women presidential candidates—one that is expressed in both political and popular culture), and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University (2005.)

Dean Sheeler is the author of numerous publications on women in politics. She is also Executive Officer, Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association, and has served in Executive Office, Feminist and Women’s Studies Division of the National Communication Association, and as reviewer for Sage and Oxford University Press.

Dean Sheeler earned a B.S. and M.A. from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University (Bloomington) 2000.

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