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University of Minnesota
U.S. Congress, congressional elections, women in politics, 2016 Election, Minnesota politics, political parties
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Kathryn Pearson is an Associate Professor of Political Science specializing in American politics; her research focuses on the United States Congress, congressional elections, women & politics, and political parties. Her research has recently appeared in The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender, and she has published several book chapters. Her book titled Party Discipline in the House of Representatives was published in 2015 by the University of Michigan Press. It combines quantitative data analysis and interviews of key elites to examine party leaders’ strategic use of their legislative prerogatives to reward loyal party members and punish defectors. It is an extension of her dissertation that won the APSA Legislative Studies Section’s Carl Albert Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies. She is working on a new book project, Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives, analyzing congresswomen’s pursuit of power in a partisan era. Pearson is a recipient of the Morse Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. In 2002- 2003, Pearson was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and from 1993 to 1998, she worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for two members of Congress. Professor Pearson received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Publications

Pearson, Kathryn. 2015. Party Discipline in the House of Representatives. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.

 Fennelly, Katherine, Kathryn Pearson, and Silvana Hackett. 2015. “The U.S. Congressional Immigration Agenda: Partisan Politics, Policy Stalemate, and Political Posturing.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41(9): 1412-1432.

Pearson, Kathryn, and Eric McGhee. 2013. “What It Takes to Win: Questioning ‘Gender Neutral’ Outcomes in U.S. House Elections, 1984-2010.” Politics & Gender 9(4): 439-462.

Pearson, Kathryn, and Logan Dancey. 2011. “Speaking for the Underrepresented in the House of Representatives: Voicing Women’s Interests in a Partisan Era.” Politics & Gender 7(4): 493–519.

Pearson, Kathryn, and Logan Dancey. 2011. “Elevating Women’s Voice in Congress: Speech Participation in the House of Representatives.” Political Research Quarterly 64(4): 910-923.

Schickler, Eric, Kathryn Pearson, and Brian Feinstein. 2010. “Congressional Parties and Civil Rights Politics from 1933-1972.” The Journal of Politics 72(3): 672-689.

Pearson, Kathryn, and Eric Schickler. 2009. “Discharge Petitions, Agenda Control, and the Congressional Committee System, 1929-1976.” The Journal of Politics 71(4): 1238-1256.

 Schickler, Eric, and Kathryn Pearson. 2009. “Agenda Control, Majority Party Power, and the House Committee on Rules, 1937-65.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 34(4): 455-491.

Lawless, Jennifer, and Kathryn Pearson. 2008. “The Primary Reason for Women’s Under-Representation? Re-Evaluating the Conventional Wisdom.” The Journal of Politics 70(1): 67–82.


Citrin, Jack, Amy Lerman, Michael Murakami, and Kathryn Pearson. 2007. “Testing Huntington: Is Hispanic Immigration a Threat to American Identity?” Perspectives on Politics 5(10): 31-48.

Media Coverage

Minnesota Public Radio; Twin Cities Public Television’s Almanac; Access Minnesota; and local televsion (Fox9, KSTP, Kare11).

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