Lori Cox Han, Ph.D.


Chapman University

Phone: (714) 744-7614

Address: 1 University Drive

City: Orange, California - 92866

Country: United States

About Me:

Dr. Han is Professor of Political Science at Chapman University in Orange, California. Her major area of expertise is American government, with research and teaching interests in the presidency, women and politics, media and politics, and political leadership. Her books include Presidents and the American Presidency, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2018); Women, Power, and Politics: The Fight for Gender Equality in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2018); In It to Win: Electing Madam President (Bloomsbury, 2015); A Presidency Upstaged: The Public Leadership of George H.W. Bush (Texas A&M University Press, 2011); and Governing From Center Stage: White House Communication Strategies During the Television Age of Politics (Hampton Press, 2001). She is also editor of New Directions in the American Presidency, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2018); Hatred of America’s Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump (ABC-CLIO, 2018); and co-editor of Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House? (Lynne Rienner, 2007). Her research has also appeared in American Politics Research, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, and White House Studies. Dr. Han is past president of the Presidency Research Group, an organized section of the American Political Science Association devoted to the study of the presidency, and she has also served as a member of the national executive board of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Southern California.

Research Interests

American Presidency And Executive Politics

Gender and Politics

Political Communication

Specific Areas of Interest

Presidential Communication

Women Presidential Candidates

Countries of Interest

United States


Journal Articles:

(2017) Conflict and Candidate Selection: Game Framing Voter Choice, American Politics Research

Tags: Political Communication

Political campaigns are often likened to a game typified by conflict. We consider whether using a conflict frame visually emphasizing the contested aspect of partisanship affects candidate support in the 2016 presidential election. Using a nationwide survey experiment (N = 975) that randomly assigns participants to different visual frames depicting politics as conflictual or process-based, we find that participants exposed to the conflict frame show significantly higher odds of supporting Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, while rejecting Hillary Clinton. The conflicting frame also increases self-reported participant anger, which decomposition analysis shows increases support for Trump and Sanders while decreasing it for Clinton (and that we offer as a preliminary finding). Avenues for future research are then considered.

Books Written:

(2018) Presidents and the American Presidency, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press

Tags: American Presidency And Executive Politics

An exploration of both the political institution and those who have held the office. Considering both the strengths and the weaknesses of the office, this book moves beyond purely theoretical analysis to examine the real-life, day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of the presidency. It incorporates archival documents from multiple administrations, offers extensive coverage of methodology, and integrates both institutional and president-centered approaches.

(2018) Women, Power, and Politics: The Fight for Gender Equality in the United States, Oxford University Press

Tags: Gender and Politics

A comprehensive assessment of women in American politics., this book [provides a timely and engaging analysis of classic and contemporary gender-related issues, focusing on the role of women as active participants in government and the public policies that affect women in their daily lives.

(2018) New Directions in the American Presidency, 2nd ed., Routledge

Tags: American Presidency And Executive Politics

This edited volume takes a current look at the various issues facing the contemporary presidency and provides a "state of the art" overview of current trends in the field of presidency research.

(2015) In It to Win: Electing Madam President, Bloomsbury Publishing

Tags: American Presidency And Executive Politics, Gender and Politics

When will the United States elect its first woman president? Just how close are we to breaking this final political glass ceiling? By merging the two literatures of women and politics (especially women as candidates) and presidential campaigns and elections, a winning strategy for women candidates can emerge by analyzing what political science research tells us from past campaigns and what we can expect in the future.

Media Appearances:

TV Appearances:

(2017) CNN International

Interview about the first year of the Trump presidency.

(2016) CSPAN

Discussion of "In It to Win: Electing Madam President" for Book TV

Newspaper Quotes:

(2018) Orange County Register

Quoted regularly in stories about national, state, and local politics

(2017) Wall Street Journal

Story about first year of Trump presidency

(2016) Los Angeles Times

Stories about 2016 Senate race in California


(2017) CNN Politics

Online story about the Trump presidency

(2017) Politico

Stories about the Trump presidency

(2017) Time

Presidential scholars weigh in on Obama legacy

(2017) Fortune

Analysis of Ivanka Trump's role in White House