University of Minnesota
Department of Political Science
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Department of Political Science

Kathryn L Pearson

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Political Science 1414 Soc Sci 267 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations

Narrative

Kathryn Pearson is an Associate Professor specializing in American politics; her research focuses on the United States Congress, congressional elections, political parties, women and politics, and public opinion. Her research has recently appeared in The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender, and she has published several book chapters. Professor Pearson received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently working on a book titled Party Discipline in the House of Representatives that combines quantitative data analysis and interviews of key elites to examine party leaders' strategic use of their legislative prerogatives to reward loyal party members and punish defectors. It is an extension of her dissertation that won the APSA Legislative Studies Section's Carl Albert Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies in 2004-2005. Two of her papers have won the CQ Press Award for the best paper presented in the Legislative Studies Section at an American Political Science Association Meeting, "Legislating in Women's Interests? Congresswomen in the 106th Congress" (in 2001) and “Discharge Petitions, Agenda Control, and the Congressional Committee System, 1929-1976” (in 2007, with Eric Schickler). In 2002- 2003, Pearson was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and from 1993 to 1998, she worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for two members of Congress.


Specialties

  • American Politics
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Political Parties
  • Congressional Elections and Political Behavior
  • Women and Politics

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2005.
  • B.A.: Government, Claremont McKenna College, 1993.

Publications

  • Pearson, Kathryn, and Logan Dancey. Forthcoming, 2011. "Speaking for the Underrepresented in the House of Representatives: Voicing Women's Interests in a Partisan Era." Politics & Gender.
  • Pearson, Kathryn, and Logan Dancey. 2011. “Elevating Women’s Voice in Congress: Speech Participation in the House of Representatives.“ Political Research Quarterly 64(4): 910-923.
  • Schickler, Eric, Kathryn Pearson, and Brian Feinstein. 2010. “Congressional Parties and Civil Rights Politics from 1933-1972.“ The Journal of Politics 72(3): 672-689.
  • Pearson, Kathryn, and Eric Schickler. 2009. “Discharge Petitions, Agenda Control, and the Congressional Committee System, 1929-1976.“ The Journal of Politics 71(4): 1238-1256.
  • Schickler, Eric, and Kathryn Pearson. 2009. “Agenda Control, Majority Party Power, and the House Committee on Rules, 1937-65.“ Legislative Studies Quarterly 34(4): 455-491.
  • Lawless, Jennifer, and Kathryn Pearson. 2008. “The Primary Reason for Women’s Under Representation? Re-Evaluating the Conventional Wisdom.“ The Journal of Politics 70(1) 67–82.
  • Citrin, Jack, Amy Lerman, Michael Murakami, and Kathryn Pearson. 2007. “Testing Huntington: Is Hispanic Immigration a Threat to American Identity?“ Perspectives on Politics 5(10): 31-48.
  • Pearson, Kathryn Lynn. "Demographic Change and the Future of Congress." PS: Political Science and Politics 43 (2010): 235-238.
  • McGhee, Eric, and Kathryn Pearson. Forthcoming. “Candidates and Parties in Congressional Elections: Revisiting Candidate-Centered Conclusions in a Partisan Era.“ In Facing the Challenge of Democracy: Explorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political Participation, eds. Paul Sniderman and Benjamin Highton. Princeton University Press.
  • Pearson, Kathryn, William H. Flanigan, and Nancy H. Zingale. 2010. “Coleman vs. Franken vs. Barkley in Minnesota's Senate Race. In Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense in 2008, eds. Randall E. Adkins and David Dulio.
  • Pearson, Kathryn, and Eric Schickler. 2009. “The Transition to Democratic Leadership in a Polarized House.“ In Congress Reconsidered, 9th Edition, eds. Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Washington, DC: CQ Press.
  • Pearson, Kathryn. 2008. “Party Loyalty and Discipline in the Individualistic Senate.“ In Why Not Parties? Party Effects in the United States Senate, eds. Nathan Monroe, David Rohde and Jason Roberts. University of Chicago Press.
  • Flanigan, William H., Kathryn Pearson, and Nancy Zingale. 2008. “The Minnesota U. S. Senate Race and the Sixth Congressional District Race. In The Battle for Congress: Iraq Scandal and Campaign Finance in the 2006 Elections, eds. David B. Magleby and Kelly D. Patterson. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • Lawless, Jennifer L., and Kathryn Pearson. 2008. “Competing in Congressional Primaries.“ In Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead, ed. Beth Reingold. Lynne Reiner.
  • Pearson, Kathryn, and Jack Citrin. 2006. “The Political Assimilation of the Fourth Wave.“ In Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States, eds. Taeku Lee, Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Ricardo Ramirez. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
  • Schickler, Eric, and Kathryn Pearson. 2005. “The House Leadership in an Era of Partisan Warfare.“ In Congress Reconsidered, 8th Edition, eds. Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Washington, DC: CQ Press.

Research Activities

  • Party Discipline in the House of Representatives: Under contract.
  • Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives, 1989-2010
  • Why Women Should Win More Often than Men: Reassessing Gender Bias in U.S. House Elections (with Eric McGhee)
  • Primary Competition and Partisan Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives (with Jennifer Lawless)
  • Who Represents Me? Race, Gender, Partisanship, and Representation (with Dara Strolovitch)
  • The Gender Dynamics of Defense and Foreign Policy-Making in the House of Representatives, 1989-2007 (with Kjersten Nelson).

Awards

  • Dirksen Congressional Research Award, 2008. “Congresswomen in Pursuit of Power, 1987- 2007.“
  • Congressional Quarterly Press Award for the best paper on legislative studies presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of APSA, "Discharge Petitions, Agenda Control, and the Congressional Committee System, 1929-1976" (with Eric Schickler)
  • Heinz Eulau Award, given annually by the APSA for the best article in Perspectives on Politics, for "Testing Huntington: Is Hispanic Immigration a Threat to American Identity," with Jack Citrin, Amy Lerman, and Michael Murakami (March 2007)
  • Carl Albert Dissertation Award (for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies)
  • Congressional Quarterly Press Award for "Legislating in Women's Interests," the best paper on legislative studies presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of APSA

Courses Taught

  • POL 3308 Congressional Politics and Institutions
  • POL 3325 U.S. Campaigns & Elections
  • POL 4308/5308 Congressional Politics and Institutions
  • POL 4737 American Political Parties
  • POL 8301 American Politics Graduate Core
  • POL 8312 Legislative Process
  • POL 8360 Women, Sex, and Gender and American Politics
  • HSEM Women in the U.S. Congress
  • HSEM Women, Gender, and American Politics
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