The Victoria Schuck Award is given annually for the best book published on women and politics. It carries a prize of $1,000. Established to honor Victoria Schuck’s life-long commitment to women and politics, this prize recognizes and encourage research and publication in this field. Schuck earned her PhD in 1937 from Stanford University and played a leading role in opening doors for women in the profession. She was not only an outstanding mentor for women, but her service in senior administrative roles at Mt Holyoke College and Mount Vernon College opened doors for future generations of women leaders.
Christina Wolbrecht is professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, where her areas of expertise include American politics, political parties, gender and politics, and American political development. She received her BA from Pacific Lutheran University and her MA and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. Wolbrecht is the co-author, with J. Kevin Corder, of Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal (Cambridge). In this National Science Foundation-supported project, the authors use new data and novel methods to provide insight into whether, how, and with what consequences women cast their ballots in the first five presidential elections following suffrage.
Wolbrecht also is the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (Princeton), which received the Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the APSA. She has authored or co-authored articles on such topics as women as political role models, the representation of women, and party position-taking on education policy. Wolbrecht and Corder are currently writing a book on the first century of women as voters in the United States. Among numerous service contributions to the discipline and her own institution, Wolbrecht is an editorial board member for Women Also Know Stuff, an initiative to counter implicit bias and promote women scholars in political science.