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Dr. Mona Lena Krook

Mona Lena Krook is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Women & Politics Ph.D. Program at Rutgers University. She has published widely on gender and political representation, particularly on electoral gender quotas and the impact of women in public office. Her first book, Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide (Oxford University Press, 2009), won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award in 2010 for the best book on women and politics. In 2019, it was further honored with a George H. Hallett Award from the Representation and Electoral Systems Section, recognizing a book published at least 10 years ago that has made a lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems. She has also written articles appearing in the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, the European Journal of International Relations, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender, among others.

Since 2015, Krook has worked closely with colleagues at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and other global practitioners to recognize and combat violence against women in politics as a distinct form of violence aimed at preventing and undermining women’s political participation. This included, in 2016, launching NDI’s #NotTheCost campaign to stop violence against women in politics. Her most recent book, Violence against Women in Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020), draws on this work to explore rising attacks against women in public life around the globe. With research funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Rutgers University Chancellor’s Scholarship, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, Violence against Women in Politics won the 2022 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, given to “those who have taken on issues of world importance and presented viewpoints that could lead to a more just and peaceful world.” 

Krook’s other awards include an Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2009 from the Graduate Student Senate and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University; the inaugural Early Career Award in 2012 from the Midwest Women's Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association for research accomplishments and contributions to the discipline; and the Emerging Scholar Award in 2015 from the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association for the top scholar in the field who is within 10 years of his or her Ph.D. She also won two best paper prizes with Rutgers Women & Politics graduate students: the 2018 Intergenerational Justice Award from the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations and the Intergenerational Foundation for a paper co-authored with Mary K. Nugent and the 2015 Best Paper Prize from the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association for a paper co-authored with Juliana Restrepo Sanin.

In 2021, Krook’s work crossing the academic-practitioner divide was recognized with the Rutgers University Chancellor’s Award for Global Impacts. She was named to Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy List, honoring and celebrating people of all genders working on gender policy and making the world more equitable, through policy-making, public service, research, philanthropy, advocacy, or activism. She was also presented with the American Political Science Association’s Distinguished Award for Civic and Community Engagement, honoring significant civic or community engagement activity by a political scientist. She continues to inform global debates on violence against women in politics through a Twitter account and a website, capturing ongoing developments in theory and practice to ensure women’s equal rights to participate – freely and safely – in political life around the world.

Areas of Interest

Violence against women in politics, electoral gender quotas, candidate selection, political representation, political parties, qualitative research methods

Graduate Courses

790:537 Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment, and the United Nations
790:608 Pro-Seminar in Women and Politics
790:665 Gender and Comparative Politics

Undergraduate Courses

790:347 Political Representation
790:395 Gender and the United Nations

Current Dissertations, Chair
  • Brittany Anlar, Chutes, Ladders, and Snakes: Youth Political Representation in Scandinavia - Ongoing

  • Carissa Cunningham, Transgender Militarization in South Korea: The Effects of Military Alliances with the United States - Ongoing

  • Haley Norris - Ongoing

Past Dissertations, Chair
  • Dr. Rebecca Kuperberg, World Wide Wrongs: Discrimination and Online Violence against Women in Politics - 2022 

  • Dr. Meriem Aissa, Women & Politics in Algeria: Essays on Political Representation - 2021

  • Dr. Zainab Alam, Theorizing New Pakistan's Participatory Divide - 2021

  • Dr. Elizabeth Corredor, Gender Justice, Resistance, and the Politics of Peace in Colombia: A Gender Analysis of Colombia's 2010-2016 Peace Negotiations and Final Agreement - 2021

  • Dr. Anja Vojvodic, Lingering Legacies and Emerging Progress: Explaining Gender Quota Adoption in Central and Eastern Europe - 2019

  • Dr. Mary Nugent, When Does He Speak for She? Men Representing Women in Parliament - 2019

  • Dr. Juliana Restrepo Sanin, Violence Against Women in Politics in Latin America - 2018

Recent Publications

Krook, Mona Lena. 2022. “Semiotic Violence against Women: Theorizing Harms against Female Politicians.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 47 (2): 371-397.

Krook, Mona Lena. 2020. "Electoral Quotas and Group Representation." In Maurizio Cotta and Federico Russo (eds.), Research Handbook on Political Representation. Pp. 198-209.


Krook, Mona Lena and Julian Restrepo Sanin. 2020. "The Cost of Doing Politics? Analyzing Violence and Harassment against Female Politicians." Perspectives on Politics 18 (3): 740-755.

Krook, Mona Lena. 2020. Violence against Women in Politics. Oxford University Press.

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