Politics Department Statement on the Ford Hall 2015 Movement

Jytte Klausen Publishes in Special Issue of Social Science Quarterly

Jytte Klausen Publishes in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism

PhD Candidate Matthew Isaacs' article accepted to the Journal of Peace Research

Jill Greenlee offers insight to the question "Can motherhood help Hillary Clinton win the presidency" in Washington Post blog

PhD Candidate Victoria McGroary on Instability in Northern Ireland

Paul Herron Signs Book Contract

PhD Candidate Victoria McGroary Presents Paper at APSA Annual Meeting

Steve Burg Publishes in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics

PhD Candidate Adam Smith Appointed Lecturer at Suffolk University

PhD Candidate Mathew Isaacs Discusses Religion and Ethnic Rebellion

Kerry Chase Awarded Provost's Innovations in Research Award

Kerry Chase Awarded Provost's Innovations in Teaching Grant

Ryan LaRochelle wins prestigious Robert C. Wood Prize

Jytte Klausen writes on Charlie Hebdo shooting in Foreign Affairs and Time Magazine

Crown Center panel covers major topics in Middle East

Shai Feldman publishes in Middle East Brief

Shai Feldman publishes in The National Interest

Jill Greenlee discusses her new book with MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry

Shai Feldman publishes in World Politics Review

Danielle Higgins (MA '14) publishes on Huffington Post

Jill Greenlee publishes The Political Consequences of Motherhood

Shai Feldman publishes in The National Interest

Ehud Eiran (Ph.D. '10) publishes on The Monkey Cage

Matthew Isaacs (Ph.D. candidate) publishes on Political Violence at a Glance

Recent Ph.D. placements

Karim Elkady (Ph.D. candidate) receives Truman Library research grant

Shai Feldman publishes in The National Interest

Eva Bellin's research on Arab Spring cited in The Boston Globe

Adam Smith (Ph.D. candidate) receives Outstanding Teaching Fellow award

Danielle Gewurz (B.A. '11) to pursue MS in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon

Hailey Magee (B.A. '15) accepted to NEW Leadership New England summer program

Funding Opportunities from the Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism

Shai Feldman publishes in Middle East Brief

Jeffrey G. Karam (Ph.D. candidate) accepted to Summer Institute at Elliott School of International Affairs

Experts say Ukraine must bond with West

Seth Werfel (B.A. '10) publishes on The Monkey Cage

Jill Greenlee publishes in Journal of Political Science Education

Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University, gives public lecture, "Supermajority Rule and Democracy."

Jill Greenlee publishes in Journal of Political Science Education

Jan. 25, 2014

Professor Jill S. Greenlee, Mirya R. Holman (Florida Atlantic University), and Rachel VanSickle-Ward (Pitzer College) have coauthored "Making it Personal: Assessing the Impact of In-Class Exercises on Closing the Gender Gap in Political Ambitition" in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Political Science Education.

There is evidence that some obstacles to women running for political office emerge early in the political development of women and girls. Lawless and Fox (2005) identify several reasons for lower political ambition among women relative to men. Among their explanations are that girls are less likely to be engaged in political conversations in their childhood homes than are boys, and women receive less encouragement to run for office by family members and friends. While it is unclear what interventions may help close the ambition gap, research suggests some avenues for change. We consider how to use the classroom as a place to encourage female college students to reflect on their own potential as candidates. We detail and test two ways in which instructors can offer students opportunities to learn about the ambition gap and to consider their own possible political future. On balance, our findings demonstrate that classroom exercises that expose students to women in political office, coupled with literature and discussion that contextualizes those individuals’ experiences, encourage greater self-reported political ambition, particularly among female students. Moreover, we find this positive outcome in both small seminars and large lecture courses.