Christina Wolbrecht

Christina Wolbrecht

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Director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy
Associate Professor of Political Science

Office: 442 Decio Faculty Hall
Phone: 574-631-3836

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Areas of Expertise

Gender politics, political parties, interest groups, mass behavior, American politics and American political development, women and politics, agenda-setting and issue framing

Wolbrecht is associate professor of political science, director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program. She is the co-author, with J. Kevin Corder, of “Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal” (Cambridge, 2016), which uses new data and novel methods to provide insight into whether, how and with what consequences women cast their ballots in the first five presidential elections following suffrage. She also is the author of “The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change” (Princeton, 2000), which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the APSA. Wolbrecht has authored or co-authored articles on such topics as women as political role models, the representation of women and partisan position-taking on education policy, and co-edited books on the American political parties, women as political actors and democratic inclusion. She is currently co-authoring a book, “A Century of Votes for Women,” which examines the first 100 years of women as voters in American politics.


Election 2008: Race, Gender and Faith


McCain risks insulting Clinton supporters
GOP reaching out to women


Panel discussion to feature three leading scholars on Latino voting patterns
Rooney Center poised to have ‘transformative’ effect
Study shows women politicians inspire political interest in girls


The Atlantic — Will Hillary Clinton’s Defeat Set Back Women in Politics?
The Washington Post — Even in defeat, Clinton’s campaign could still inspire young women
Vox — Let’s not overlook the feminist triumph of Clinton’s run
Politifact — Trump wrongly claims tremendous support from women
SiriusXM News & Issues — Christina Wolbrecht – women in 2016 election
The Washington Post — Was women’s suffrage a failure? What new evidence tells us about the first women voters
NBC New York — Trump Attacks Hillary Clinton Through Her Husband’s Infidelities
Huffington Post — Experts Weigh In: Women Also Know Stuff
The Advocate — Women won this time, but men are voting’s X-factor
The New York Times — President in Shining Armor