History of the Women & Politics Ph.D. Program at Rutgers

The year 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the pioneering Women & Politics Ph.D. Program in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. Rutgers was the first university in the United States to offer Women & Politics as a formal field of study toward the Ph.D. in Political Science. The first cohort of graduate students specializing in women and politics was admitted for the 1986-1987 academic year. The Proseminar in Women and Politics, the entry-level course in the Ph.D. field of Women & Politics, was offered for the first time in the fall of 1986. 


The Women & Politics Program applies the theoretical prism of gender to the study of governing institutions, political processes, and theories of politics, thereby provoking a rethinking of traditional analyses and expanding and enriching the discipline of political science. The program has trained more than 100 political science graduate students. The prominence of the program has grown over the years as the innovative scholarship of Rutgers faculty and newly minted Ph.D.s has made its mark on the disciplines of political science and women’s and gender studies.

Celebrating 30 Years of Women & Politics at Rutgers

The Program will celebrate 30 years of Women & Politics with a reception on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 7 PM at the Eagleton Institute. The reception will be preceded by a panel honoring the career achievements of Distinguished Professors Drucilla Cornell and Mary Hawkesworth. To RSVP, click here.

Celebrating 10 Years of Women & Politics at Rutgers

The Program celebrated 10 years of Women & Politics with an event at the Eagleton Institute in 1996. 

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