Gender in the Political Science Classroom

Gender in the Political Science Classroom

Ekaterina M. Levintova and Alison Kathryn Staudinger
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Format: Paperback 11 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-03321-5
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Gender in the Political Science Classroom looks at the roles gender plays in teaching and learning in the traditionally male-dominated field of political science. The contributors to this collection bring a new perspective to investigations of gender issues in the political behavior literature and feminist pedagogy by uniting them with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The volume offers a balance between the theoretical and the practical, and includes discussions of issues such as curriculum, class participation, service learning, doctoral dissertations, and professional placments. The contributors reveal the discipline of political science as a source of continuing gender-based inequities, but also as a potential site for transformative pedagogy and partnerships that are mindful of gender. While the contributors focus on the discipline of political science, their findings about gender in higher education are relevant to SoTL practitioners, other social-science disciplines, and the academy at large.

Author Bio

Ekaterina Levintova is Associate Professor of Political Science, Global Studies, and Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is co-editor (with Kevin Kain) of From Peasant to Patriarch: An Account of the Birth, Upbringing, and Life of Nikon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Alison Staudinger is Assistant Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, Political Science, and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


““. . . a bold and compelling collection that asks important questions about the ways in which the teaching of Political Science reproduces gender inequities.” ”
 — Aeron Haynie , co-editor of Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind and

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Teach It Forward: Gender in the Political Science Classroom and Beyond / Ekaterina Levintova and Alison Staudinger

Part One: National and Institutional Trends
1. Gendering the Political Science Classroom while Mainstreaming Gender in the Discipline: Understanding the Barriers and Exploring Solutions / Ingrid Bego
2. Divergent? Gender and Methodological Diversity in Recent Political Science Dissertations, 2012–2014 / Rina Verma Williams and Laura Dudley Jenkins
3. Gendered Representation in Political Science Textbooks / Daniel Mueller
4. Gender Mainstreaming and Political Science Teaching in New Zealand: Still a Work in Progress / Jennifer Curtin
5. Student Perceptions of Gender in Political Science Teaching and Advising / Ekaterina Levintova

Part Two: Classroom Evidence and Solutions
6. Getting to No: The Need for Gender-Conscious Pedagogy in Service-Learning Courses / Daisy Rooks
7. Class Format, Gender, and Student Attitudes Toward Political Participation / Sara Rinfret and Michelle Pautz
8. Beyond Gender Neutrality in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Classroom / Alison Staudinger
9. Thinking Through Movement: Embodied Learning as Feminist Pedagogy for the Social Sciences / Valerie Barske

Conclusion: Gender Forward: Momentum for the Future / Ekaterina Levintova and Alison Staudinger