Area of Expertise:
Women and politics, campaigns, elections, female politicians, gender gap
Jennifer L. Lawless focuses on gender politics, electoral politics, and public opinion. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, such as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Politics and Politics & Gender and Perspectives. Lawless is the author of Becoming A Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office (Cambridge University Press and the lead author of It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Lawless is author of two recent Brookings Institution papers Not a ‘Year of the Woman’...and 2036 Doesn’t Look So Good Either(Brookings Nov. 2014) and It’s the Family, Stupid? Not Quite...How Traditional Gender Roles Do Not Affect Women’s Political Ambition(Brookings, July 2014). She also coauthored a Brookings Institution policy report used by various women’s groups and state party organizations to help promote and recruit women candidates. Currently, she serves as the editor of Politics & Gender. She is a coauthor of Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in the Polarized Era. A recognized speaker on the subject of electoral politics, Lawless frequently discusses these issues on national and local television and radio outlets. Her scholarly analysis and political commentary have been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Chronicle of Higher Education, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh-Gazette, Seattle Times, Hartford Courant, Providence Journal, Associated Press Newswire, and Today Showand Reuters, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and FOXNews.com, Huffington Post, Politico, and CBSNews.com. In 2006, she sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island’s second congressional district. Although she lost the race, she is still very active in politics, most recently joining the national board of Emerge America
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