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Women & Politics Institute

About the Summer Session for High School Students

In this course, we will address women’s political participation over time, why so few women hold public office, and what women’s numeric under-representation implies for democratic governance and public policy outcomes. We will do this by taking full advantage of Washington, D.C.

The Summer Session is a non-residential program that blends a traditional seminar style classroom experience with field trips and guest speakers who are experts and leading practitioners in the political arena. How to Apply

Tuition Fees

$3,615 includes:

  • Three college credits
  • Daily lunch
  • Field trips
  • Access to AU facilities


  1. Jennifer Lawless, Professor

    SPA - Government

    Jennifer L. Lawless graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a B.A. in political science. She went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Her research focuses on political ambition, and she i… More

    Send email to Jennifer Lawless

    (202) 885-6452

Guest Lecturers

The Women & Politics Institute regularly utilizes guest lecturers to supplement our courses and bring real world experience to the classroom. We will continue this practice in our Summer Session with at least four special topic segments. We plan to have our finalized schedule of guest lecturers up by April.

If you have further questions or would like to request a brochure, please contact Pamela Riis,

Dates and Times

June 20 - July 1, 2011
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday - Friday