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Politics & Gender

In 2022, an all-Rutgers team was selected to edit Politics & Gender, the official journal of the Women, Gender, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. 


Our vision for the journal includes building its stature and influence by more actively recruiting manuscripts across all subfields of political science, especially from more junior scholars; promoting gender research taking an intersectional perspective; expanding our reach with international authors and audiences; and engaging more explicitly with practitioners and policy-makers.

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The Editorial Team

Six Rutgers Women & Politics professors sit on the core editorial team, with two graduate students serving as book review assistant and graduate editorial assistant.

We are also proud to have recruited a diverse editorial board, which includes several Rutgers Women & Politics alums, reflecting the growing community of gender and politics scholars around the world in terms of backgrounds, institutions, seniority, topics, and methods.

Lead Editor

Mona Lena Krook (@mlkrook) 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. Her most recent book, Violence against Women in Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020), received the 2022 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

Krook has worked widely with civil society organizations, governments, and international organizations in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East on strategies to elect more women to political office and enhance the impact of female politicians. Since 2015, she has worked closely the National Democratic Institute on its #NotTheCost campaign to stop violence against women in politics. In 2021, her work crossing the academic-practitioner divide was recognized 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. RU W&P Profile

Associate Editors

Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd (@NAlexanderFloyd) is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. A lawyer and political scientist, she has been actively engaged in a wide range of political and legal issues. Her work crosses the fields of public law, American politics, and political theory and is largely interpretive in nature. She is the author of Gender, Race, and Nationalism in Contemporary Black Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Re-Imagining Black Women: A Critique of Post-Feminist and Post-Racial Melodrama in Culture and Politics (New York University Press, 2021), and co-editor with Julia S. Jordan-Zachery of Black Women in Politics: Demanding Citizenship, Challenging Power, and Seeking Justice (State University of New York Press, 2018). She also co-founded the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics, an organization dedicated to promoting the development of Black women’s and gender studies and supporting the professionalization of Black women political scientists. RU W&P Profile


Kelly Dittmar (@kdittmar) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden and Director of Research and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. A specialist in American politics, she studies gender and American political institutions, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods to explore 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) and co-author with Kira Sanbonmatsu and Susan J. Carroll of A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen’s Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters (Oxford University Press, 2018). Dittmar was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow from 2011 to 2012. At CAWP, she manages national research projects, helps to develop and implement CAWP's research agenda, and contributes to CAWP reports, publications, and analyses. RU W&P Profile


Elena Gambino (@emcbino) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. She works at the intersections of feminist, queer, and critical race theories, focusing in particular on how everyday political actors have developed and deployed these traditions to build coalitions, how they seek to contest and repair the inequalities that underpin modern political communities, and how they imagine radical futures premised on racial and sexual accountability. Her ongoing book project reconstructs a range of radical political claims made by lesbian feminist writers and activists ranging from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, and turns to feminist political archives often overlooked by political theorists. Her dissertation won the 2020 Leo Strauss award, presented by the American Political Science Association for the Best Dissertation in Political Philosophy. RU W&P Profile


Summer Lindsey (@SummerELindsey) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. An international relations scholar, her research focuses on the enduring implications of armed conflict for human security, combining experimental approaches with quantitative and qualitative observational work to understand when and how norms change to affect women’s security. With the support of the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, she has conducted fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Croatia. Her ongoing book project is entitled Women’s Security after Civil War: Protection and Punishment in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. RU W&P Profile

Kira Sanbonmatsu is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Her research interests include gender, race/ethnicity, parties, public opinion, and state politics. She is the author of numerous books on women in American politics, including Democrats, Republicans, and the Politics of Women's Place (University of Michigan Press, 2002); Where Women Run: Gender and Party in the American States (University of Michigan Press, 2006); More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures (Oxford University Press, 2013; with Susan J. Carroll); and A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen's Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters (Oxford University Press, 2018; with Kelly Dittmar and Susan J. Carroll). She co-edits the CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics at the University of Michigan Press with Susan J. Carroll. RU W&P Profile

Book Review Assistant

Brit Anlar (@britanlar) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers, where she focuses on Women and Politics and Comparative Politics. Her research explores political representation and political parties at the intersection of age and gender. She is most interested in how young people make it to elected office and the ways that candidate recruitment and selection may be both an aged and gendered process. Her dissertation research focuses specifically on the representation of young people in formal politics with a particular interest in the recruitment and selection of young candidates for political office in Scandinavia. During the 2021-2022 academic year, she was a guest researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. RU W&P Profile

Graduate Editorial Assistant

Michelle Irving (@mirving9) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University, where she studies gender and politics with a regional focus on American and Canadian politics. Her research focuses on the intersection of parenthood in politics, candidate emergence, and political psychology, using voter behavior surveys and experiments to analyze how gender, parenthood, and race influence voter perceptions of political candidates. At Rutgers, she has also worked as a graduate research assistant for the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP). Prior to graduate school, she worked in government communications in Canada. RU W&P Profile


Josephine Ahikire, Makerere University, Uganda

Zainab Alam, Howard University, USA

Tiffany D. Barnes, University of Kentucky, USA

Flávia Biroli, University of Brasília, Brazil

Lorna Bracewell, Flagler College, USA

Rachel E. Brulé, Boston University, USA

Ivy A. M. Cargile, California State University-Bakersfield, USA

Cynthia R. Daniels, Rutgers University, USA

Kara Ellerby, University of Delaware, USA

Elizabeth Evans, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Flávia Freidenberg, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Anne Marie Goetz, New York University, USA

Amanda Gouws, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Stacey Greene, Rutgers University, USA

Rebekah Herrick, Oklahoma State University, USA

Daniel Höhmann, University of Basel, Switzerland

Grace Howard, San José State University, USA

Janet Elise Johnson, Brooklyn College, USA

Sabrina Karim, Cornell University, USA

Ulrik Kjaer, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Andrea Krizsan, Central European University, Hungary/Austria

Pei-te Lien, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Meredith Loken, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Megan MacKenzie, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Anna Mitchell Mahoney, Tulane University, USA

Yalidy Matos, Rutgers University, USA

Erin Mayo-Adam, Hunter College, USA

Corrine McConnaughy, Princeton University, USA

Peace Medie, University of Bristol, UK

Celeste Montoya, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Mari Miura, Sophia University, Japan

Sonia Palmieri, Australian National University, Australia

Tracey Raney, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada

Juliana Restrepo Sanín, University of Florida, USA

Andrew Reynolds, Princeton University, USA

Rebecca Sanders, University of Cincinnati, USA

Jamil S. Scott, Georgetown University, USA

Ronnee Schreiber, San Diego State University, USA

Philipp Schulz, University of Bremen, Germany

Réjane Sénac, Sciences Po (CNRS, CEVIPOF), France

Marwa Shalaby, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Elizabeth A. Sharrow, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Aksel Sundström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Shatema Threadcraft, Vanderbilt University, USA

Ann E. Towns, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Jacqui True, Monash University, Australia

Catherine N. Wineinger, Western Washington University, USA

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, University of California, Irvine, USA & University of South Africa, South Africa

Verónica Zebadúa-Yañez, University of Maryland, USA

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