Executive Committee

Sixteen women from across political science subfields serve on the WomenAlsoKnowStuff (WAKS) Executive Committee. Their work supports the WAKS mission to promote the work of women for political science.

This includes expanding and maintaining the scholar database, publicizing women's research on social media, and developing and implementing related initiatives and opportunities that further the WAKS mission. 

Learn more about each member of the WomenAlsoKnowStuff Executive Committee:

Regina Bateson - University of Ottawa

Regina Bateson (PhD, Yale University) is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. She studies international relations and comparative politics, with interests in human rights, conflict studies, the politics of crime, and the political consequences of violence. Her work is published in the American Political Science ReviewPerspectives on Politics, Comparative Political StudiesComparative Politicsthe Journal of Peace Research. Selected honors include the 2013 Heinz I. Eulau Award, the 2014 Gabriel A. Almond Award, and an honorable mention for the 2019 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. Prior to her academic career, Regina was a diplomat for the US Department of State. In 2017-2018, she ran for Congress in her home district in California. Learn more at www.reginabateson.com .

Sarah Bauerle Danzman - Indiana University at Bloomington

Sarah Bauerle Danzman is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. In 2014-2015 she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. In 2019-2020 she will be a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the U.S Department of State. Trained as a quantitative political economist, Dr. Bauerle Danzman’s primary focus is the political economy of international investment and finance. She researches how domestic and multinational firms influence and adapt to investment regulation, how rules governing capital shape global networks of ownership and production, and how governments confront national security concerns related to foreign direct investment. Her book Merging Interests: When Domestic Firms Shape FDI Policy will be published at Cambridge University Press in December 2019. Dr. Bauerle Danzman has also published in multiple peer reviewed academic outlets including International Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Business and Politics, and International Interactions. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Bauerle Danzman worked for three years as a technical analyst for Citigroup Smith Barney (Series 6 and 63 designations).

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. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Political Communication, Journal of Public Policy, the Text as Data Association, and Women Also Know Stuff.

Nadia E. Brown - Georgetown University

Nadia E. Brown (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is a Professor in the Government Department and the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University. She specializes in Black women’s politics and holds a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Brown's 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. She is the author or editor of several award winning books – including Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making (Oxford University Press);  Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites (with Danielle Lemi);  Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics (with Sarah Allen Gershon, Routledge Press); The Politics of Protest: Readings on the Black Lives Matter Movement (with Ray Block, Jr. and Christopher Stout, Routledge Press); Approaching Democracy: American Government in Times of Challenge (with Larry Berman, Bruce Allen Murphy and Sarah Allen Gershon, Routledge Press). Professor Brown is the lead editor of Politics, Groups and Identities. Professor Brown is part of the #MeTooPoliSci Collective where she spearheads efforts to stop sexual harassment in the discipline. Along with co-PIs Rebecca Gill (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Stella Rouse (University of Maryland, College Park), Elizabeth Sharrow (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) she is the recipient of a million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation for their project titled "#MeTooPoliSci Leveraging A Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science." Professor Brown is also the lead editor of Politics, Groups and Identities.Lastly, Professor Brown is an editor with The Monkey Cage, a political science blog in the Washington Post. She regularly teaches the following courses: Black Political Participation; Black Women Rising; Introduction to African American Studies; and Race and Ethnicity in American Politics. 

Cesi Cruz - University of British Columbia

Cesi Cruz is an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Vancouver School of Economics and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. She works on topics at the intersection of political science and economics, with a focus on how information and social networks affect electoral incentives and economic outcomes. Her research is based on fieldwork in Southeast Asia (particularly the Philippines and Cambodia), and combines social network analysis, surveys, and field experiments. Her work has been published in outlets such as the American Political Science Review, American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and the Review of International Organizations. Her latest projects and working papers are available on her website: www.cesicruz.com.

Lisanne De Blok - Utrecht University

Lisanne de Blok is an assistant professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance. Her work is dedicated to understanding how to safeguard democracy by taking a citizens-centred approach. Her research deals with questions of democratic legitimacy, accountability, and insecurity and focusses predominantly on the European continent. She is an expert on quantitative research methods, including big data and panel data analysis, survey experiments and linkage analysis. Her work has been published in outlets such as Political Studies, Electoral Studies, European Union Politics and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. In her home country, she also active contributes to the public debate by writing newspaper articles, popular reports and online blogs. She obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, did a post doc at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and was a visiting researcher at the Quality of Governance institute in Gothenburg. 

Sara Wallace Goodman - University of California, Irvine

Sara Wallace Goodman is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her research examines democratic citizenship and the shaping of political identity through immigrant integration.  She is the author of  Citizenship in Hard Times: How Ordinary People Respond to Democratic Threat (Cambridge University Press, 2022), co-author of the forthcoming Pandemic Politics (Princeton University Press), and author of Immigration and Membership Politics in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Politics, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, and other venues. Goodman’s award-winning research has been cited in major news outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Vox.  Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Hellman Fellows Fund.You can find out more about her work at her website or at Google Scholar. 

Toni Haastrup - University of Stirling

Toni Haastrup (PHD, University of Edinburgh) is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Politics at the University of Stirling. Her research is concerned with the global governance of security primarily through the practices of regional security institutions. Her current research explores the implementation practices of the Women, Peace and Security agenda at regional level and its implications in the Global South, and critical interrogations of ‘feminist’ foreign policy. Additionally, she researches the gendered implications of Brexit on the UK and the EU. Her research has been published in international peer reviewed journals like Journal of European Integration; International Negotiation; International Feminist Journal of Politics; Foreign Policy Analysis among others. She is the author of Charting Transformation through Security: Contemporary EU-Africa Relations (Palgrave 2013). Haastrup is currently joint editor in chief of JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies and is the Secretary of the British International Studies Association and co-convener of the Gendering European Studies Research Network. Haastrup is an occasional media commentator and has written for public outlets like Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and The Scotsman.

Ashley Jardina - Duke University

Ashley Jardina (Ph.D., The University of Michigan) is an assistant professor of political science at Duke University. She is also a first-generation college student, and she studies how individuals’ racial attitudes and group identities influence their political preferences and behavior. Her book, White Identity Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Her research and commentary have been widely featured in outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Vox, 538, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and more.

Samara Klar - University of Arizona

Samara Klar, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy. She studies how individuals’ personal identities and social surroundings influence their political attitudes and behavior. Her book, Independent Politics, (co-authored with Yanna Krupnikov) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. In it, they examine why so many Americans prefer to identify as independent, rather than with a party, and what the broader consequences are for American politics. Her work addresses political behavior and opinion, with a particular emphasis on how social identities and social settings influence people's political choices. Her research appears in lots of different journals in political science, including the American Journal of Political ScienceThe Journal of PoliticsPolitical PsychologyPublic Opinion Quarterly, and many others. Her updated CV is available at www.SamaraKlar.com.

Yanna Krupnikov - Stony Brook University

Yanna Krupnikov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching focus on political psychology, political communication, political persuasion and political behavior. Broadly, her research merges psychology and political science in order to identify points at which new information can have the most profound effect on the way people form political opinions, make political choices and, ultimately, take political actions. Her work has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Communication, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly and others. She is also the co-author (with Samara Klar), of the book Independent Politics, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Melissa Michelson - Menlo College

Melissa R. Michelson (Ph.D. Yale University) is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Menlo College. She is the award-winning author of five books, including Mobilizing Inclusion: Redefining Citizenship through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (2012), Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth (2014), Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (2017), and Transforming Prejudice: Identity, Fear, and Transgender Rights (2019). She has also published dozens of articles in top-ranked political science research journals. She is a nationally recognized expert on Latinx politics, voter mobilization experiments, and LGBTQ rights. She also conducts research on election administration including vote-by-mail and how to encourage absentee voting by Latinos and Black Americans, marijuana legalization, DACA and undocumented immigration, attitudes toward Muslim Americans, and how community organizations can increase activism. Her current research projects explore voter registration and mobilization in minority communities, how to increase participation in the 2020 Census among hard-to-count populations, and persuasive communication on transgender rights. In her spare time, she knits and runs marathons.  

Kerri Milita - Illinois State University

Kerri Milita is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University. Her research is focused on direct democracy in the U.S. In particular, she studies the relationship between state legislatures and ballot measures. Namely, why have some states placed heavy restrictions on the public's ability to use the initiative process while other legislatures have remained relatively hands-off? She also studies congressional elections, looking at factors that determine whether candidates speak clearly or ambiguously on key issues of the day and how strategic position-taking shapes public beliefs about a candidate's integrity and ability to represent the constituency.

Layna Mosley - Princeton University

Layna Mosley is Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Mosley's research and teaching focus on the politics of the global economy. Her ongoing research projects address sovereign borrowing and debt (including sovereign bond issuance, debt management offices, and how governments choose among various types of creditors), as well as the link between global supply chains and labor rights in developing countries. Mosley also is interested in the economic and cultural determinants of the anti-globalization backlash in rich democracies, as well as the link between trade agreements and worker rights. .Mosley is author of Global Capital and National Governments (Cambridge University Press 2003) and Labor Rights and Multinational Production (Cambridge University Press 2011). Mosley also is editor of Interview Research in Political Science (Cornell University Press 2013).  Mosley's recent commentary on trade, labor rights and sovereign borrowing can be found here.

Malliga Och - Idaho State University

I am an Associate Professor of Global Studies at Idaho State University where I teach international and comparative politics. In my free time, I am the co-host of Know Your Media, a monthly radio show on the role of media in today's society which is aired by KISU public radio. You can listen to past shows on #MeToo, the Year of the Woman, and many more topics on the show's website.Before life in academia, I was the Research Director of Political Parity, a former program of Hunt Alternatives in Cambridge MA and the former Co-Chair of the Denver for CEDAW Campaign, a program by the United Nations Association USA which urges US cities to adopt the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination as defined in the UN Convention to End All forms of Discrimination Against Women in city ordinances. I have been an active committee member for organizations such as NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, The White House Project, Vote Run Lead, NAAAP, Big Sister Boston, the Blossom Project, and the United Nations Association Denver. I am the 2018 recipient of Deborah "Misty" Gerner Award for Professional Development given by Women's Caucus for International Studies of the International Studies Association as well as the 2018 recipient of the Yellow Rose given by Zonta International Pocatello Club for her contribution in the community to advance women’s equality. 

Gisela Sin - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gisela Sin is Associate professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois. She studies political institutions with an emphasis on the strategic elements of separation of powers. Gisela is currently working on presidential veto politics, as well as political parties in Latin America. She is the author of Separation of Powers and Legislative Organization (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and the coauthor of Congreso, Presidencia y Justicia en Argentina (TEMAS, 1999). Her research has been published in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations, Studies in American Political Development, the Journal of Politics in Latin America, Perpectives on Politics, and Public Choice. She has presented her work at universities throughout Latin America and Europe and has been a scholar in residence at the Universidad Católica de Chile, the Instituto Iberoamericano Universidad de Salamanca, the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, as well as a Fulbright Scholar in the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina. 


Emily Beaulieu, University of Kentucky

Kim Yi Dionne, UC Riverside

Andra Gillespie, Emory University

Stella Rouse, University of Maryland at College Park

Kathleen Searles, Louisiana State University

Patricia Stapleton, RAND Corporation

Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame


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