Karen Beckwith – Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science and Director of Curriculum Review
Mass Political Participation and Behavior, Political Parties and Elections (Western Europe and the United States), Comparative Political Movements, Electoral Systems and Representation, Women and Politics (Western Europe and the United States), and Research Methods
Karen Beckwith received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky (1972) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University (1977, 1982). Teaching primarily in the areas of US politics, political movements, and women, gender, and politics, she has special interests in the United States and West Europe, particularly Britain and Italy.
Funded by a CWRU Presidential Initiative Grant for Interdisciplinary Studies, Professor Beckwith convened a research conference, Toward a Comparative Politics of Gender: Advancing the Discipline along Interdisciplinary Boundaries, in October 2007. Conference participants included scholars from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The results of the conference were published as a ten-article symposium in Perspectives in Politics, 8 (1), March 2010 (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PPS). Professor Beckwith’s article, “Comparative Politics and the Logics of a Comparative Politics of Gender,” introduces the symposium.
Professor Beckwith’s other recent publications include “Interests, Issues and Preferences: Women’s Interests and Epiphenomena of Activism,” Politics & Gender, 7 (3), September 2011 (http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A84SF9mr); a “Review of Lee Ann Banaszak, The Women’s Movement Inside and Outside the State,” in Social Forces, 89 (3), March 2011: 1064-66; and a “Review of Karen L. Baird et al., Beyond Reproduction: Women’s Health, Activism and Public Policy, and Karen M. Kedrowski and Marilyn Stine Sarow, Cancer Activism: Gender, Media and Public Policy,” in Perspectives on Politics, 8 (2), June 2010: 675-676. Her book Political Women and American Democracy, with co-editors Christina Wolbrecht and Lisa Baldez, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008.
Professor Beckwith is the founding editor, with Lisa Baldez (Dartmouth College), of Politics & Gender, the journal of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association. She has also been co-editor of the Gender and Politics Series of the Oxford University Press, and served as President of the American Political Science Association’s Women and Politics Research Section. Author of numerous scholarly articles, she is the co-editor of Women’s Movements Facing the Reconfigured State (Cambridge, 2003) and author of American Women and Political Participation (Greenwood Press, 1986).
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)