Christina Wolbrecht

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wolbrecht Christina Wolbrecht
Associate Professor
Decio Hall 442


Political Science


Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

M.A., Washington University in St. Louis

B.A., Pacific Lutheran University

Research interests

American politics, political parties, women and politics, American political development, agenda-setting and issue framing


President’s Award. University of Notre Dame, 2004.

Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. University of Notre Dame, 2003.

Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award for The Politics of Women’s Rights (Princeton, 2000), Political Organizations and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association, 2001.

Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Women and Politics Research. With J. Kevin Corder. Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University, 1999.

Best Dissertation Award, Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, 1998.

Select publications

J. Kevin Corder and Christina Wolbrecht. 2016. Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Christina Wolbrecht and Michael Hartney. 2014. ""Ideas about Interests': Explaining the Partisan Politics of Education." Perspecitves on Politics 12(September): 603-30.

John Griffin, Brian Newman, and Christina Wolbrecht.. 2012. "A Gender Gap in Policy Representation in the U.S. Congress?" Legislative Studies Quarterly 37(February): 35-66.

Christina Wolbrecht and David E. Campbell. 2007. “Leading by Example: Female Members of Parliament as Political Role Models.” American Journal of Political Science 51(October): 921-39.

David E. Campbell and Christina Wolbrecht. 2006. “See Jane Run: Women Politicians as Role Models for Adolescents.” Journal of Politics 68(May): 233-47.

Christina Wolbrecht. 2000. The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.



Christina Wolbrecht is an associate professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. Her areas of expertise include American politics, political parties, gender and politics, and American political development. She is the co-author, with J. Kevin Corder, of Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2016. In this book, Corder and Wolbrecht use 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.

Wolbrecht also is the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (Princeton), which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the APSA. She has authored or co-authored a number of articles published in leading political science journals on public support for political institutions, women as political role models, the representation of women, and partisan position-taking on education policy.

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