• Susan J. Carroll
  • Susan J. Carroll
  • Emerita
  • Office: Eagleton Institute of Politics - 3rd Fl.
  • Phone: 848-932-8364
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  • Carroll CV

  • Office Hours:

    By Appointment

  • Specialties:

    Women and Politics, American Politics

  • Bio:

    Ph.D., M.A., Indiana University, Political Science
    B.A., Miami University (Ohio), History

    Read about Professor Carroll's outreach activities here: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/susan-j-carroll

  • Publications:


    • More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures, with Kira Sanbonmatsu (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
    • Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics, co-editor with Richard L. Fox (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, First Edition, 2006; Second Edition 2010; Third Edition 2014).
    • Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions, editor (Oxford University Press, 2003).
    • The Impact of Women in Public Office, editor (Indiana University Press, 2001).
    • Women as Candidates in American Politics (Indiana University Press, First Edition, 1985; Second Edition, 1994).

    Journal Articles and Book Chapters

    • “Voting Choices: How and Why the Gender Gap Matters,” in Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics, edited by Susan J. Carroll and Richard Fox (New York: Cambridge University Press, Third Edition, 2014).
    • “Cracking the ‘Highest, Hardest Glass Ceiling': Women as Presidential and Vice-presidential Contenders,” in Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics, edited by Susan J. Carroll and Richard Fox (New York: Cambridge University Press, Third Edition, 2014 (with Kelly Dittmar).
    • "Introduction: Celebrating 25 Years of the Women and Politics Program at Rutgers University," Politics & Gender 9:4 (2013) as part of a Critical Perspectives section I edited entitled "Crossing Borders, Transforming Knowledge."
    • "Preparedness Meets Opportunity: A Case Study of Women's Representation in the New Jersy Legislature," in Breaking Male Dominance in Old Democracies, edited by Drude Dahlerup and Monique Leyenaar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)(with Kelly Dittmar).
    • "Entering the Mayor's Office: Women's Decisions to Run for Municipal Office," in Women in Executive Office: Pathways and Performance, edited by Melody Rose (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2012) (with Kira Sanbonmatsu)
    • “Reflections on Gender and Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign: The Good, the Bad, and the Misogynic,” Politics & Gender 5:1 (2009): 1-20.
    • “Commentary on Emmy E. Werner’s 1968 Article, ‘Women in the State Legislatures,’” Political Research Quarterly 61:1 (2008): 25-28.
    • “Committee Assignments: Discrimination or Choice?” in Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead, edited by Beth Reingold (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008).
    • “Security Moms and Presidential Politics: Women Voters in the 2004 Election,” in The Gender Gap: Voting and the Sexes, edited by Lois Duke Whitaker (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2008).
    • “‘Far from Ideal’: The Gender Politics of Political Science,” American Political Science Review 100:4 (2006): 507-513 (with Sue Tolleson-Rinehart).
    • “Moms Who Swing, or Why the Promise of the Gender Gap Remains Unfulfilled,” Politics & Gender 2:3 (2006): 364-376.
    • “Are Women Legislators Accountable to Women? The Complementary Roles of Feminist Identity and Women’s Organizations,” in Gender and Social Capital, edited by Brenda O’Neill and Elisabeth Gidengil (New York: Routledge, 2006). 
    • “‘She Brought Only a Skirt:’ Gender Bias in Newspaper Coverage of Elizabeth Dole’s Campaign for the Republican Nomination,” Political Communication, 22:3 (2005): 315-335 (with Caroline Heldman and Stephanie Olson).
    • “Reflections on Activism and Social Change for Scholars of Women and Politics,” Politics & Gender 1:2 (2005): 325-335.
    • “Increasing Diversity or More of the Same? Term Limits and the Representation of Women, Minorities, and Minority Women in State Legislatures,” National Political Science Review 10 (2005): 71-84 (with Krista Jenkins).
    • “Have Women State Legislators in the United States Become More Conservative? A Comparison of State Legislators in 2001 and 1988,” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal 27:2 (Spring/Summer 2003): 128-139.
    • “Representing Women: Congresswomen’s Perceptions of Their Representational Roles,” in Women Transforming Congress, edited by Cindy Simon Rosenthal (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003).
    • “Unrealized Opportunity? Term Limits and the Representation of Women in State Legislatures,” Women & Politics 23:4 (2001): 1-30 (with Krista Jenkins).
    • “Do Term Limits Help Women Get Elected?” Social Science Quarterly 82 (March 2001): 197-201 (with Krista Jenkins).
    • "Welfare Reform in the 104th Congress: Institutional Position and the Role of Women,” in Women and Welfare: Theory and Practice in the United States and Europe, edited by Nancy J. Hirschmann and Ulrike Liebert (Rutgers University Press, 2001) (with Kathleen J. Casey).
    • "Representing Women: Women State Legislators as Agents of Policy-related Change," in The Impact of Women in Public Office, edited by Susan J. Carroll (Indiana University Press, 2001).
    • “The Dis-Empowerment of the Gender Gap: Soccer Moms and the 1996 Elections,” PS: Political Science & Politics 32 (March 1999): 7-11.
    • "Media Coverage of Women in the 103rd Congress," in Women, Media, and Politics, edited by Pippa Norris (Oxford University Press, 1997) (with Ronnee Schreiber).
    • "The Politics of Difference: Women Public Officials as Agents of Change," Stanford Law and Policy Review, 5 (Spring 1994): 11-20.
    • "Feminist Challenges to Political Science," in Political Science: The State of the Discipline II, edited by Ada W. Finifter (Washington, D.C.: American Political Science Association, 1993) (with Linda M. G. Zerilli).
    • "Women State Legislators, Women's Organizations, and the Representation of Women's Culture in the United States," in Women Transforming Politics: Worldwide Strategies for Empowerment, edited by Jill M. Bystydzienski (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991).
    • "The Personal is Political: The Intersection of Private Lives and Public Roles Among Women and Men in Elective and Appointive Office," Women & Politics, 9 (1989):  51-67.
    • "Women's Autonomy and the Gender Gap," in Politics of the Gender Gap: Public Opinion and Political Influence, edited by Carol Mueller (Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1988).
    • "Women Appointed to the Carter Administration: More or Less Qualified?"  Polity, 18 (Summer 1986):  696-706.
    • "Political Elites and Sex Differences in Political Ambition: A Reconsideration," Journal of Politics, 47 (November 1985): 1231-1243.
    • "Women Candidates and Support for Feminist Concerns: The Closet Feminist Syndrome," Western Political Quarterly, 37 (June 1984): 307-323.
  • Research:

    Gender and electoral politics; political representation; recruitment; gender gap in voting and public opinion