Christina Wolbrecht

Political Science


Professor of Political Science; C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program

  • Gender politics
  • Political parties
  • Interest groups
  • Mass behavior
  • American politics and american political development
  • Women and politics
  • Agenda-setting and issue framing
  • Women's suffrage
  • 19th Amendment


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Concerns about state of democracy in U.S. expressed at Notre Dame forum

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This week, [Notre Dame] is hosting its inaugural Global Democracy Conference. Serious concerns were expressed at a panel discussion on the state of democracy in the U.S. “I fear that we are going to rip apart as a country because so many of the things that used to unify Americans, no longer do,” said Notre Dame’s David Campbell. “Democrats usually have more elaborate systems about this, but the Trump campaign has also been mobilizing 100,000 election observers,” explained Notre Dame’s Christina Wolbrecht.

Trump is accused in court of rape. Will it matter in 2024?

“At this point, the American people have a pretty good sense of Donald Trump’s character, so it is unlikely that the Carroll trial will change many voters’ minds,” said Christina Wolbrecht, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame who studies politics and gender.

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Remembering former Rep. Pat Schroeder


Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Notre Dame political scientist Christina Wolbrecht about the legacy of Rep. Pat Schroeder, who died at the age of 82.

Women Over 50 Are The Most Undecided Bloc Of Voters This Election


The 19th's Mariel Padilla, Notre Dame's Christina Wolbrecht, Bellwether Research and Consulting's Christine Matthews, and AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond join us for the conversation.

The 19th

Women of color lead the fight for voting rights 101 years after suffrage

The suffrage anniversary raises questions of who is American, who gets to have a say and who gets to participate in our democracy, said University of Notre Dame political scientist Christina Wolbrecht.

What Teenagers Have Learned From a Tumultuous Time in Politics

Other research has also found that for some young people who were disappointed by the Trump presidency, it awakened their interest in political involvement, according to David Campbell and Christina Wolbrecht, both political scientists at Notre Dame.

How Rush Limbaugh helped turn feminism into an urgent threat to the Republican Party

Christina Wolbrecht, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame who has studied political parties over time as well as women’s rights, has written about his influence in the Republican Party.

Why Kamala Harris and ‘Firsts’ Matter, and Where They Fall Short

“This sense of one and done, we showed we can do it, doesn’t presume a leader who is committed to advancing other women or people of color,” said Christina Wolbrecht, a political scientist at the University of Notre Dame.