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“Why Women Don’t Run for Office and What Happens When They Do.”

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:00pm


Commonwealth Honors Events Hall

“Why Women Don’t Run for Office and What Happens When They Do.”

Jennifer L. Lawless is professor of government at American University, where she is also the Director of the Women & Politics Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2003 and her B.A. from Union College in 1997. Professor Lawless’ research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on representation, political ambition, and gender in the electoral process. She is the author of Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and the co-author of Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Campaigns in a Polarized Era (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), and It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in academic journals including the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political SciencePerspectives on Politics, Journal of PoliticsPolitical Research QuarterlyLegislative Studies Quarterly, and Politics & Gender (of which she served as editor from 2010 – 2013). She is also a nationally recognized speaker on electoral politics. Her scholarly analysis and political commentary have been quoted in numerous newspapers, magazines, television news programs, and radio shows, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA TodayThe New Republic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, theAssociated Press NewswireReutersThe Last Word with Lawrence O’DonnellThe Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the CBS Evening NewsABC World News Tonight,, and For the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, she was part of the NBC’sDecision Night in America programming. In 2006, she sought the Democratic nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island’s second congressional district.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Political Science, and Commonwealth Honors College


Amherst, MA 01003
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