Catherine Wineinger
Catherine Wineinger
PhD Candidate
HCK 310
Women's representation, Congress, political parties
Women and Politics/American Politics



Cathy Wineinger earned a B.A. in political science from the University of San Diego and a Graduate Certificate in women's and gender studies from Rutgers University. Her research interests include women's representation, Congressional politics, American political parties, and political communication.

Cathy's dissertation, Gendering the GOP: Republican Women as Party Messengers and the Institutionalization of Partisan Woman-Invoked Rhetoric in the House of Representatives, examines the effects of party polarization on Republican congresswomen's use of partisan woman-invoked rhetoric and their evolving role as party messengers in Congress. 


Wineinger, Catherine. 2018. “Gendering Republican Party Culture.” in The Right Women: Republican Party Activists, Candidates, and Legislators. Eds. Och, Malliga and Shauna Shames. Colorado: Praeger/ABC-Clio Press.

Dittmar, Kelly, Kira Sanbonmatsu, Susan J. Carroll, Debbie Walsh, and Catherine Wineinger. 2017. Representation Matters: Women in the U.S. Congress. New Brunswick, NJ: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

10 encyclopedia entries in Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of            Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders (Eds. Valerie Hennings and Dianne Bystrom, ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 2018). “Ayotte, Kelly;” “Blackburn, Marsha;” “Concerned Women for America;” “Haley, Nikki;” “Independent Women’s Forum;”          “Martinez, Susana;” “National Federation of Republican Women;” “Rodgers, Cathy            McMorris;” “She-PAC;” “‘War against women’”

Nugent, Mary and Catherine Wineinger. 2016, June 16. "Yesterday's Congressional women's softball game was bipartisan. But are women actually more bipartisan in practice?" The Monkey Cage Blog, The Washington Post.


American Party Politics (POL 790:302)

This course explores scholarly debates surrounding the purpose, roles, and overall influence of political parties in the United States. We will focus primarily on three different conceptions of parties in American politics literature: parties as organizations (groups of people working to elect candidates), parties in the electorate (mass opinions and voter behavior), and parties in government (coalitions formed in governing institutions). In what ways do we define political parties? To what extent do our definitions capture the broad functions of political parties? What factors contribute to stronger and more polarized political parties in the United States? What is the relationship between political parties and democracy? We will continually return to these key questions throughout the course of the semester.

Congressional Politics (POL 790:304)

This course explores scholarly debates and theories to help address the major questions about Congress that we hear every day. Why is Congress so unpopular? How representative is Congress of the American public? How are laws actually made? What are the causes and consequences of party polarization in Congress? What institutional factors impact policy outcomes? How does money matter in Congress? The goal of this course is to take us beyond the realm of popular opinion and media commentators, and to help us develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of congressional politics. Students are encouraged to bring relevant news articles to class for the purpose of discussion.

Expository Writing (ENG 355:101)

In this course, you will read and write about a variety of texts concerning a range of fascinating, relevant, contemporary issues. Course goals include helping you to read deeply, think critically, and write interpretively and effectively, creating your own independent argument that synthesizes multiple sources.