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Washington College
2016 Election Super Tuesday Tea Party Religion and Politics Women and Politics
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About Me

I study religion and politics, gender and politics, and public opinion, particularly the gender gap in American politics and women’s activism in the Tea Party movement..  I also study the intersection of religion in public schools.   I also chair the board of the Public Religion Research Institute. .

Recent Publications

Deckman, Melissa. 2016.  Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists and the Changing Face of the American Right.. New York: NYU Press.

Deckman, Melissa, and John McTague. 2015. “Did the “War on Women” Work? Women, Men, and the Birth Control Mandate in the 2012 Presidential Election.” American Politics Research 43(1): 3-26

Dolan, Julie, Melissa Deckman, and Michele Swers. 2015. Women and Politics; Paths to Power and Political Influence, 3rd ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Deckman, Melissa and Joseph Prud’homme, eds. 2014. Curriculum and the Culture War: When and Where is the Bible Appropriate in Public Schools? New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Deckman, Melissa. 2014. A Gender Gap among Evangelicals? An Examination of Vote Choice by Gender and Religion in the 2008 Presidential Elections. Journal of Women, Politics, and Public Policy. 35(3): 199-221.


Media Coverage

Recent blog pieces:

Deckman, Melissa. 2015. “Hillary Clinton and the Economics of Women.” Huffington Post. April 22.

McTague, John and Melissa Deckman. 2014. “Why the War on Women Failed in 2014.” Washington Post. November 26.

Deckman, Melissa and John McTague. 2014. “The Affordable Care Act’s Birth Control Mandate was an Important Factor in Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election.” LSE (London School of Economics) USAAp—American Politics and Policy Blog. July 30

Deckman, Melissa. 2014. “A Return to Compassionate Conservatism?” Brookings Institution Fix Gov Blog. October 29.

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