University of Notre Dame political scientist Christina Wolbrecht will receive the Leon Epstein Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) at its annual meeting this month in San Francisco.p. Wolbrecht’s book, “The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change,” was published last year by Princeton University Press and originated as her doctoral dissertation, for which she received the Best Dissertation Award from the Women and Politics section of the APSA in 1997.p. In the book, Wolbrecht demonstrates how the Republican and Democratic parties have helped transform, and have been transformed by, American public debate and policy on women’s rights. She explores the politically charged developments that have contributed to a redefinition and expansion of the women’s rights agenda since the 1960s, including legal changes, the emergence of the modern women’s movement, and changes in patterns of employment, fertility and marriage.p. Wolbrecht came to Notre Dame in 1997 and was appointed the Packey J. Dee Assistant Professor of Government and International Studies in 1999. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at Washington University in St. Louis and her bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.