Denise Walsh


Denise Walsh is an Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on how liberal democracies can become more inclusive and just. Her current book project, Nationalizing Rights, is a comparative study of minority rights and women’s rights in Europe, Canada and South Africa. Her first book, Women’s Rights in Democratizing States (Cambridge University Press, 2010), explains how democratic institutions obstruct advances in women’s rights. Dr. Walsh’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Italy, the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and the University of Virginia.


Nadia Brown


Dr. Nadia E. Brown joins Purdue University as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies. She comes to Purdue from St. Louis University where she specialized in American Politics with a distinct focus on Black Politics, as well as Women and Politics. She is the author of a forthcoming book entitled Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making (under contract with Oxford University Press), and she is the author of numerous articles focusing on Black Women’s Politics.

Professor Brown received her Ph.D. in Political Science in 2010 from Rutgers University, with major fields in Women and Politics and American Politics. She also holds a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her B.A., also in Political Science, is from Howard University in 2004.

Dr. Brown’s research interests lie broadly in Identity Politics, Legislative Studies, and Black Women’s Studies. Current research projects address the politics of appearance for Black women candidates for public office. Dr. Brown enjoys teaching courses in the fields of African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Political Science.

Treasurer/Membership Chair

Michelle Wade


Michelle Wade is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at West Chester University (WCU) where she teaches courses in WCU’s Master of Public Administration Program. Her primary research interests focus on how people construct and negotiate social identities (such as gender, race, and ethnicity) in community organizations and how those organizations can create opportunities for both exclusion and empowerment. Her work on gender and social networks has been published in American Politics Research. Prior to joining West Chester University, she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwest Missouri State University.


Samantha Majic


Samantha Majic received her PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2009, and she currently an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at John Jay College/CUNY (Associate as of Sept 1, 2016). Her research interests are in gender and American politics, with specific interests in sex work, civic engagement, institutionalism, and the nonprofit sector. She is the author of Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) and co-editor (with Carisa Showden) of Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Her work has also appeared in numerous political science and gender studies journals. A Fellow of the American Association of University Women, Dr. Majic is also a member of the Perspectives on Politics editorial board.

Newsletter Editor

Meredith-Joy Petersheim


Meredith-Joy Petersheim is a Visiting Lecturer of Political Science at Clemson University and an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at Winthrop University. Meredith-Joy Petersheim received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University at Buffalo in 2010.

Her main research areas include international organizations, political economy, and bridging the gap between domestic and international politics. Her most recent work has focused the effect of foreign direct investment on regionalism, the role the European Union has had in promoting democracy, and the evaluation of the Eurozone’s policies on combating corruption in Europe. Her work has been published in the Journal of European Integration and American Politics Research.

She has served in a Visiting Assistant Professor role at Keuka College, Marist College, and Clemson University and enjoys teaching classes in International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, and Research Methods. Dr. Petersheim has previously served as Secretary, New Membership Chair, and Newsletter Editor for the Women’s Caucus for Political Science and will continue to fulfill the role of Newsletter Editor for the 2016-2017 year.