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Syracuse University
U.S. Congress, Partisan Polarization, Gender and Politics
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About Me

My research interests include American politics, political parties, U.S. Congress, and gender and politics.  I am currently working on a book manuscript that examines three broad questions in American politics: First, why does partisan polarization persist in Congress?  Second, why do some individuals run for office and others do not?  And third, why has the percentage of Democratic women in Congress increased dramatically since the 1980s while the number of Republican women has barely grown?

Recent Publications

Thomsen, Danielle M. 2015. “Why So Few (Republican) Women? Explaining the Partisan Imbalance of Women in the U.S. Congress.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 40(2): 295-323.

Thomsen, Danielle M. 2014. “Ideological Moderates Won’t Run: How Party Fit Matters for Partisan Polarization in Congress.” Journal of Politics 76(3): 786-797.

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