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Meet New Council Memeber, Christina Wolbrecht

Christina Wolbrecht,
University of Notre Dame

Christina Wolbrecht is associate professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Wolbrecht’s areas of expertise include American politics, political parties, gender and politics, and American political development. She is the co-author, with J. Kevin Corder, of Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal (Cambridge 2016), a project supported by the National Science Foundation. She also is the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (Princeton 2000), which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of APSA. Wolbrecht’s work on party position-taking, women as political role models, the representation of women, and support for political institutions has appeared in journals including Perspectives on Politics,  American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. She has co-edited books on the American political parties, women as political actors, and democratic inclusion.

Wolbrecht is a co-editor of Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics for Cambridge University Press, and serves or has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Politics & Gender. She has been active in the discipline, chairing or serving on a number of APSA, MPSA, and SPSA committees and caucuses. Wolbrecht is an editorial board member of the #WomenAlsoKnowStuff initiative.

Statement of Views
The APSA should serve the interests of all of its members, at every stage of their careers, in every kind of position, and at every type of institution. I am particularly committed to improving APSA’s efforts on behalf of under-represented groups in our discipline, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBT scholars. Key issues facing our discipline and profession include challenges to academic freedom, tenure, and research funding, the impact of technological innovation on both teaching and research, and new opportunities for effective and meaningful public engagement. APSA should be at the forefront of defending and advancing its members’ interests on all of these issues.