I am a professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. My areas of expertise include American politics, political parties, gender and politics, and American political development. I am the co-author, with J. Kevin Corder, of Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal (Cambridge 2016). In this book, we 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. We describe some of that research in an August 2016 Monkey Cage blog post, “Was Women’s Suffrage a Failure?“
I also am the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (Princeton 2000), which examined and explained the major parties’ evolving positions on women’s rights issues in the postwar period. I have authored or co-authored a number of articles on such topics as public support for political institutions, women as political role models, the representation of women, and party position-taking on education policy. I am currently writing a book, co-authored with J. Kevin Corder, on American women voters since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.
I am an Editorial Board member for WomenAlsoKnowStuff, an initiative to support and promote female experts in political science. You can find me on Twitter at @C_Wolbrecht.