Christina Bejarano


Christina E. Bejarano is a Professor in the Department of Multicultural Women & Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University.  Bejarano’s academic interests are in Latino electoral politics, in particular areas of gender, race/ethnicity, and American political behavior.  She studies conditions under which racial/ethnic minorities and women successfully compete for U.S. electoral office, which is reflected in her book on Latina political candidates—The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success (University of Texas Press, 2013).  Her work also focuses on how racial/ethnic minorities and women can shape or influence the current electoral environment, which is reflected in her second book—The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (Routledge Press, 2014).  She is co-author of a U.S. Politics textbook, The Enduring Democracy, 5th edition, (Dautrich et al., Cengage 2018).  Bejarano holds several professional service appointments, including editorial board for Politics, Groups, & Identities Journal, executive council for the Midwest Political Science Association, and 2018 APSA co-chair for the Women and Politics Research Section.  She received her Ph.D./M.A. in political science from University of Iowa and B.A. in psychology from University of North Texas.



Julie Novkov


Julie Novkov is a Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY.  Her research and teaching are situated at the intersection of law, history, US political development, and subordinated identity.  She is particularly interested in the way that the law defines and translates categories associated with identity, such as race and gender, and the ways that these categories transform and are transformed by legal discourse.  Professor Novkov is actively engaged in the academy.  In the American Political Science Association, she served on the Executive Council, organized panels for Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence, presided over the Sexuality and Politics Section, and chaired the LGBT Status Committee.  She currently serves as the Program Chair and President-Elect of the Western Political Science Association, for which she has previously organized panels for Women and Politics and Politics and History and served on the Executive Council.  She currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Polity, the Journal of Law and Courts, and Politics, Groups, and Identities.  In her spare time, she serves on the University of Albany’s Institutional Review Board.

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.


Natasha Behl


Natasha Behl is an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University.  Dr. Behl completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at University of California, Los Angeles, where her training focused on Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Comparative Politics.  She was awarded a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Doctoral Fellowship at College of Wooster and a Riley Postdoctoral Fellowship at Colorado College.  Her scholarship contributes to gender and politics, race and politics, and democracy and citizenship studies by deconstructing the gendered and raced nature of institutions; explaining the exclusion of certain gendered, raced, and sexualized bodies from these institutions; and asking how to transform these institutions to be more inclusive and democratic.  Dr. Behl’s research is published in Space & Polity; Politics, Groups, and Identities; and Journal of Punjab Studies.   Her book is forthcoming with Oxford Press, Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India?  Dr. Behl also serves on the editorial board of Politics, Groups, and Identities.

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. She 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.

Dr. Petersheim enjoys teaching classes in International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, and Research Methods. She is a charter member of the Winthrop Women’s Coalition. Dr. Petersheim has previously served as Secretary, New Membership Chair, and Newsletter Editor for the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science and continues to fulfill the role of Newsletter Editor of the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science.