Dr. Mario Guerrero
Office Phone: (909) 869-3885
Meeting Time: TuTh 1:00 – 2:50PM
Classroom Location: Building 5, Room 138
Office Hours: MW 11:00-11:50AM, TuTh 10:30AM-12:00PM & by appointment
Office Location: 94-316
What is this course about?
On its most basic level, politics is about who gets what, when and how in government. While this course explores gender and related issues in American politics, this course addresses broader concerns about political representation in the United States. Political representation occurs when political actors speak, advocate for, and act on behalf of others in the halls of government. In 2010, the Census Bureau reported 49.2 percent of men to 50.9 percent of women in the United States. In that same year, women only made up 17 percent of our United States Congress. Descriptively, this incongruence challenges some of our core assumptions about whether or not representation is properly working in American politics.
The purpose of this class is to examine the role of gender in contemporary political behavior and introduce students to the scholarship of gender and US politics. Students should be able to understand the evolution of women’s political participation and the obstacles women have faced to achieve equal political rights. More importantly, students should be able to critically evaluate conventional wisdom and media reports concerning womens political behavior as voters, candidates and officeholders. This class examines a number of different topics including: representation, the obstacles facing women in politics, the perception of women amongst the electorate, and the confluence of race, sexuality and gender on the development of public policy. Ultimately, this class ends by examining the tangible effects of women in politics, arguing that women play a critical and distinct role in the American political process.
What books do we need?
In an effort to save you money, there are no textbooks or printed reader for this course. All required readings will be found online. Please visit the course website for frequent updates. If you have trouble with accessing course materials or prefer printed readings, please contact me to make alternate arrangements.
10% Attendance and Participation: Students are expected to attend class, arrive on time and participate regularly in class discussions.
20% Research Project: Students will be able to choose one of four types of group projects: data analysis, observational fieldwork, survey research, or experiments. Each group project will require students to answer an original research question about gender and politics. The class project is due Tuesday, May 17.
20% Paper: Students will write a paper that is 6-8 pages in length and is due Thursday, June 2.
20% Midterm Exam: To be held on Thursday, May 5.
30% Final Exam: To be held on Tuesday, June 9
Grade Appeals. The period for grade appeals begins 24 hours after an assignment is handed back. The grade appeal must be made within a week of receiving the grade. The appeal must be written and made during office hours.
Please note the following schedule is subject to change throughout the quarter. The readings listed are required before each lecture.
Unit 1. Introduction.
Week 1: 3/28-4/1
Tuesday, March 29. Course Introduction: What is expected of me within this course? What is gender?
Thursday, March 31. No Class: Cesar Chavez Day
Unit 2. Institutional Barriers to Representation.
Week 2: 4/4-4/8
Tuesday, April 5. Gender and Representation: Are women adequately represented in US government?
Sapiro, Virginia. 1981. ”When Are Interests Interesting? The Problem of Political Representation of Women.” American Political Science Review 75(3): 701-716.
Thursday, April 7. Institutional Barriers to Representation, Part I: How does the media treat women in politics?
Conroy, Meredith, et. al. 2015. ”From Ferraro to Palin: Sexism in coverage of vice-presidential candidates in old and new media.” Politics, Groups and Identities 3(4): 573-591.
Week 3: 4/11-4/15
Tuesday, April 12. Institutional Barriers to Representation, Part II: What is the pipeline to participate as a political actor?
Crowder-Meyer, Melody and Benjamin E. Lauderdale. 2014. ”A Partisan Gap in the Supply of Female Potential Candidate in the United States.” Research and Politics April: 1-7.
Thursday, April 14. In-class Movie: Game Change, dir: Jay Roach
Unit 3. The ‘Supply Side’: Running for Office.
Week 4: 4/18-4/22
Tuesday, April 19. In-class Movie: Miss Representation, dir: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Readings: No Readings
Thursday, April 21. Socialization: How does the socialization process differ between men and women?
Campbell, David E. and Christina Wolbrecht. 2006. ”See Jane Run: Women Politicians as Role Models for Adolescents.” The Journal of Politics 68(2): 233-247.
Week 5: 4/25-4/29
Tuesday, April 26. Political Ambition: Do men and women differ in terms of political ambition?
Fox, Richard and Jennifer Lawless. 2014. ”Uncovering the Origins of the Gender Gap in Political Ambition.” American Political Science Review 108(3): 499-519.
Thursday, April 28. No Class: CSU Bakersfield Student Research Conference.
Readings: No Readings
Unit 4. The ‘Demand’: The Electorate’s Perspective.
Week 6: 5/2-5/6
Tuesday, May 3. Stereotyping: How does gender influence our perception of politicians?
Falk, Erika and Kate Kenski. 2006. ”Issue Saliency and Gender Stereotypes: Support for Women as President in Times of War and Terrorism.” Social Science Quarterly 87(1): 1-18.
Midterm Exam. Thursday, May 5.
Week 7: 5/9-5/13
Tuesday, May 10. Women, work and public leadership: How does success differ for men and women?
Sandberg, Sheryl. 2013. ”The Leadership Ambition Gap.” In Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. New York, NY: Knopf.
Unit 5. Gender at the Crossroads
Thursday, May 12. Intersectionality: How do race and gender influence politics in this country?
Junn, Jane. 2009. ”Making Room for Women of Color: Race and Gender Categories in the 2008 Presidential Election.” Politics and Gender 5(1): 105- 110.
Week 8: 5/16-5/20
Tuesday, May 17. Sexuality: What is the status of LGBT politics in the United States today?
Hansen, Eric and Sarah Treul. 2015. ”The Symbolic and Substantive Representation of LGB Americans in the US House.” The Journal of Politics 77(4): 955-967.
Research Project Due. Tuesday, May 17.
Thursday, May 19. Transgender Politics: How are transgender issues pushing forward our discussion of gender?
Unit 6. The Effects of Women in Office
Week 9: 5/23-5/27
Tuesday, May 24. Public Opinion: How has public opinion of women shifted over time?
Dolan, Kathleen and Timothy Lynch. 2014. ”It Takes a Survey: Under- standing Gender Stereotypes, Abstract Attitudes, and Voting for Women Candidates.” American Politics Research 42(4): 656-676.
Thursday, May 26. The Impact of Women in Office: How do women politicians handle issues differently than men?
Swers, Michele. 2005. ”Connecting Descriptive and Substantive Representation: An Analysis of Sex Differences in Co-Sponsorship Activity.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 30(3): 407-433.
Week 10: 5/30-6/3
Tuesday, May 31. The Presidency: Is the United States finally ready for a woman in the White House?
Heldman, Caroline. 2007. ”Cultural Barriers to a Female President in the United States.” Rethinking Madam President. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
PowerPoint: Coming Soon
Thursday, June 2. Course Conclusion: Why you should care about gender and politics.
Readings: No Readings
PowerPoint: Coming Soon