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Washington State University
School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Conveners


Dorothy E. McBride (formerly Stetson), Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
RNGS Co Convener, Director of the Abortion Network and the USA Team

For RNGS, Editor of Abortion Politics, Women’s Movements and the Democratic State: A Comparative Study of State Feminism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, the RNGS research findings on the abortion issue; chapters in prostitution, job training and hot issue books.

Dorothy McBride is Emeritus Professor of Political Science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University where she was a founder of the women’s studies program. She is Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington 2006–2008. She earned the B.A. at the University of Montana and M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. A specialist in the comparative study of women and public policy, she is the author of numerous articles and conference papers and the following books:

A Woman’s Issue: the Politics of Family Reform in England, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982

Women’s Rights in France, Westport CT : Greenwood Press, 1987

Women’s Rights in the U.S.A: Policy Conflict and Gender Roles, New York: Garland/Routledge, 1997; third edition 2004.

Comparative State Feminism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995 with Amy G. Mazur

Abortion Politics: Public Policy in Cross National Perspective New York: Routledge, 1996 with Marianne Githens

Abortion Politics, Women’s Movements and the Democratic State: A Comparative Study of State Feminism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

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Amy G. Mazur, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
RNGS Co Convener, Director of Job Training Network and the French Team

For RNGS, editor of State Feminism, Women’s Movements and Job Training: Making Democracies Work in the Global Economy, New York and London: Routledge, 2001, the RNGS research report on the job training issue. Chapters in RNGS books on job training, prostitution and the hot issue.

Amy Mazur is Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. She received a joint Ph.D. in Political Science and French Studies from New York University. In Fall 2001, she was Marie-Jahoda Chair in International Women’s Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany, and she is currently co-editor of Political Research Quarterly. She specializes in feminist policy formation in comparative perspective and has focused her empirical work on France. She is author of:

Gender Bias and the State: Symbolic Reform at Work in Fifth Republic France Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996

State Feminism, Women’s Movements and Job Training: Making Democracies Work in the Global Economy, New York and London: Routledge, 2001

Theorizing Feminist Policy Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Comparative State Feminism, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1995 with Dorothy McBride Stetson.

She has also published in Espace-Temps, Contemporary French Civilization, Policy Studies Journal, French Politics and Society, Political Research Quarterly, West European Politics, Review of Policy Research, and Travail Genre et Société.

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Joyce Outshoorn, Leiden University
RNGS Co Convener, Director of the Prostitution Network and the Netherlands Team

For RNGS, editor of The Politics of Prostitution. Women’s Movements, Democratic States and the Globalisation of Sex Commerce, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapters in RNGS books on prostitution, abortion, and hot issue.

Joyce Outshoorn studied political science and contemporary history at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1987 she is Professor of Women’s Studies at the Joke Smit Centre for Research in Women’s Studies at Leiden University, Leiden where she is also affiliated to the Department of Political Science. Her PhD was on abortion politics in the Netherlands (De politieke strijd rondom de abortuswetgeving in Nederland, 1964-1984) (VUGA, 1986). She has further published in English on state feminism, women’s public policy and comparative politics. Other publications include:

The New Politics of Abortion (Sage 1986), edited with Joni Lovenduski.

A Creative Tension. Essays in Socialist Feminism (Pluto Press 1984).

“Regulating Prostitution as Sex Work: The Pioneer Case of the Netherlands”, Acta Politica (2001).

“Policy-Making on Abortion: Arena’s, Actors and Arguments in the Netherlands”, in: Abortion Politics, Women’s Movements, and the State (ed. by D. McBride Stetson) (Oxford University Press, 2001).

“Debating Prostitution in Parliament. A Feminist Analysis”, European Journal of Women’s Studies (2001). She is co-director of the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State.

Outshoorn, J. (2000), ‘Abortion in the Netherlands: The Successful Pacification of a Controversial Issue’, in: Krabbendam, H. and M.M. ten Napel (eds.), Regulating Morality. A Comparison of the Role of the State in Mastering the Mores in the Netherlands and the United States, Leiden/Antwerpen: E.M. Meijers Institute/Maklu Uitgevers, 2000, pp. 135-149.

Outshoorn, Joyce (2002), ‘Gendering the “Graying” of Society: A Discourse Analysis of the Care Gap’, Public Administration Review, 62, March/April, pp. 187-197.

Joni Lovenduski, Birkbeck College
RNGS Convener, Director of the Political Representation Network and the UK Team

For RNGS, she is editor (with Claudie Baudino, Marila Guadagnini, Petra Meier, Diane Sainsbury) State feminism and the Political representation of Women, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, forthcoming. Chapters in RNGS books on political representation and hot issue.

Joni Lovenduski is Anniversary Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her published work on gender and politics includes Feminizing Politics (Polity Press, 2005), State Feminism and Political Representation (2005) (edited with Claudie Baudino, Maria Guadagnini, Petra Meier and Diane Sainsbury) Cambridge University Press (in press); The Hansard Report on Women at the Top (with Sarah Childs and Rosie Campbell) (Hansard Society, 2005); Gender and Political Participation (with Pippa Norris and Rosie Campbell) (Electoral Commission, 2004); Women and European Politics (Harvester, 1986), Contemporary Feminist Politics (Oxford University Press 1993) (with Vicky Randall), Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament (Cambridge University Press 1995) (with Pippa Norris), and High Tide or High Time for Labour Women (Fabian Society 1998) (with Maria Eagle MP). She was co-editor of The Politics of the Second Electorate (Routledge, 1981), The New Politics of Abortion, (Sage, 1986) Gender and Party Politics (Sage, 1993), and editor of Feminism and Politics (Ashgate 2000), as well as many articles and essays in edited collections on issues of gender and politics. Her current research is on Gender and the State, including political representation and public policy debates.

Marila Guadagnini, University of Turin
RNGS Convener, Director of the Italy Team

For RNGS, contributing editor of State feminism and the Political representation of Women, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming. Chapters in RNGS books on political representation, job training, and the hot issue.

Marila Guadagnini is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Turin, Faculty of Political Science. Her fields of study include comparative politics, Italian politics and gender studies. She is author of the books Il sistema politico italiano. Temi per una discussione (Il Segnalibro, 1997) and La stagione del disincanto? Cittadini, cittadine e politica alle soglie del 2000 (Il Segnalibro, 2001), co-author of Il soffitto di cristallo? Le donne nelle posizioni decisionali in Europa (Fondazione Olivetti, 1999), editor of Da elettrici a elette. Riforme istituzionali e rappresentanza delle donne in Italia, in Europa e negli Stati Uniti (Celid, 2003). She published numerous chapters and articles on gender and politics and wrote the chapters on Italy in the books: Comparative State Feminism, ed. by Dorothy McBride Stetson and Amy Mazur, (Sage: 1995), State Feminism, Women’s Movements and Job Training: Making Democracies Work in the Global Economy, ed. by Amy Mazur, Routledge, 2001), State Feminism and Political Representation, ed. by Joni Lovenduski, Petra Meier, Diane Sainsbury, Marila Guadagnini and Claudie Baudino (Cambridge University Press, in press), and Gendering the State in the Age of Globalization, ed. by Birigit Sauer and Melissa Haussman, Rowman and Littlefield (forthcoming).