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Pitzer College
Public Policy, Gender and Politics, Reproductive Rights, Judicial Politics
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Rachel VanSickle-Ward is an associate professor of Political Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Her research interests include public policy, public law, and gender and politics. She has published work on the politics of statutory language, gender and political ambition, and administrative law.  Her first book, The Devil is in the Details: Understanding the Causes of Policy Specificity and Ambiguity (SUNY Press, 2014), explores the impact of political and institutional fragmentation on policy wording, focusing on the dynamics of social policy construction in the states.  Her writing has appeared in Talking Points Memo and The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage).  She was named the 2012 Pitzer College Scholar in Residence for her research on contraception politics and policy, and it currently working on a book on the subject.

Recent Publications

“Hawks and Doves?: An Analysis of Latina and Latino attitudes toward military intervention in Iraq” (with Adrian Pantoja) in Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics. Routledge. (forthcoming)

The Devil is in the Details: Understanding the Causes of Policy Specificity and Ambiguity. SUNY Press. January 2014. Paperback released in 2015.

“Making it Personal: Assessing the Impact of In-Class Exercises on Closing the Gender Gap in Political Ambition,” (with Jill Greenlee and Mirya Holman) Journal of Political Science Education. Journal of Political Science Education, vol. 10, no. 1 (January 2014)

“An [Un]clear Conscience Clause: The Causes and Consequences of Statutory Ambiguityin State Contraceptive Mandates,” (with Amanda Hollis-Brusky) Journal of HealthPolitics, Policy and Law 38 (August 2013): 683-708.

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