Women Also Know Stuff is dedicated to promoting the work of women political scientists.


Our mission is to reduce implicit and explicit bias against women in the discipline of political science by promoting and publicizing the work of academic women in the profession. Our searchable website makes it easier for academics and journalists to identify and connect with women academics conducting research on a multitude of issues related to the study of politics. Our social media campaign raises awareness of those women academics, their contributions to scholarship, and their roles as public intellectuals.

Editorial Board



Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis


Amber E. Boydstun (Ph.D. Penn State University) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. She uses lab experiments, large-scale media studies, and manual and computational text analysis to study how issues make the news, the dynamics of “media storms,” and how media attention shapes public opinion. She is author of Making the News (Chicago) and co-author of The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence (Cambridge), as well as many journal articles.


Nadia Brown, Purdue University 


Nadia E. Brown (Ph.D. Rutgers University) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University.  Her research interests lie broadly in identity politics, legislative studies, and Black women’s studies. While trained as a political scientist, her scholarship on intersectionality seeks to push beyond disciplinary constraints to think more holistically about the politics of identity. Brown’s  Sisters in the Statehouse: Black women and Legislative Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2014) has been awarded the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ 2015 W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists; the Research in Excellence Award from the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue University; and the 2015 Anna Julia Cooper Best Publication Award from the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and book reviews that focus on identity politics in general and Black women’s politics more specifically. Her current research projects address the politics of appearance for Black women candidates and lawmakers.

Website       @BrownPhDGirl

Kim Yi Dionne, Smith College

Dionne-cropped Kim Yi Dionne (Ph.D. UCLA) is Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College and a contributing editor to The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. She studies health interventions, politics, and public opinion—primarily in African countries. She was a Fulbright Fellow to Malawi from 2008 to 2009. Her research has been published in African Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, Global Health Governance, and Politics, Groups, and Identities, among other journals.

Website       @dadakim


Samara Klar, University of Arizona (founder of Women Also Know Stuff)


Samara Klar (Ph.D. Northwestern University) uses experimental and survey methodology to study how individuals’ social surroundings and personal identities influence their political attitudes and behavior.  Her coauthored book, Independent Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. In it, the authors explain why independent voters are on the rise and why this matters for American democracy.

Website         @SamaraKlar

Yanna Krupnikov,  Stony Brook University

krupnikov2Yanna Krupnikov (Ph.D.  University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University. Her work focuses on political communication, political participation and political partisanship with the goal of explaining how new information affects people’s willingness to take political actions. She is a coauthor of Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction (Cambridge).  Her research has also been published in a number of journals.

Website    @ykrupnikov

Melissa Michelson, Menlo College

Michelson-2 Melissa R. Michelson (Ph.D. Yale University) is Professor of Political Science at Menlo College in Atherton, CA. She is coauthor of Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth (Paradigm Press, 2014) and Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate Through Get-out-the-Vote Campaigns (Yale University Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Award and the 2013 American Political Science Association Best Book Award in the Field of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. In addition, she has published over three dozen journal articles and a dozen book chapters, and has an active research agenda in the fields of Latino Politics, voter mobilization, and LGBT rights.

Website       @profmichelson


Kerri Milita, Illinois State University

Kerri Milita (Ph.D. Florida State University) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University. Her research interests include direct democracy, election laws, and candidate position-taking. She has also worked on several projects relating to the rise of helicopter parenting and how the phenomenon has shaped the policy attitudes of young Americans as well as their willingness to run for elected office. She has published in The Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, PS: Political Science & Politics, and State Politics & Policy Quarterly.

Website    @kerrimilita

Kathleen Searles, Louisiana State University

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Assistant Professor of Political Communication, Kathleen Searles (Ph.D. Washington State University), holds a joint appointment in the Manship School of Mass Communication and the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University. Her interests include news media, campaign advertising, and political psychology.  Specifically, her research examines the content of partisan news, poll coverage, and the influence of emotional appeals in campaign ads.  Most recently her work focuses on using bio-metrics to better understand the effects of political television ads and direct mail.  She has published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, The Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Political Psychology.

Website      @kesearles

Christina Wolbrecht,  University of Notre Dame


Christina Wolbrecht (PhD, Washington University in St. Louis) is Associate Professor of Political Science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. Her areas of expertise include American politics, political parties, gender and politics, and American political development. She is the co-author of Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal(Cambridge, forthcoming 2016). She also is the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (Princeton), which examines the evolution of the parties’ positions on women’s rights issues, and the author or co-author of articles on such topics as public support for political institutions, women as political role models, the representation of women, and partisan position-taking on education policy.

Website     @C_Wolbrecht

Advisory Members

Emily Beaulieu, University of Kentucky

Andra Gillespie, Emory University


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Women Also Know Stuff has received generous funding from the University of Arizona School of Government & Public Policy, Menlo College and the Scholars Strategy Network.


We are grateful to Kerri Milita for her help in converting data from our old website to our new website.