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School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Team Directors

Country Team Directors

Go to conveners:

Dorothy McBride (USA)
Amy Mazur (France)
Joyce Outshoorn (The Netherlands)
Marila Guadagnini (Italy)
Joni Lovenduski (The UK)

Lynn Kamenitsa (Germany)
Lynn Kamenitsa is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at Northern Illinois University. Her previous research has focused on abortion policy, local women’s offices, and the women’s movement in united Germany, and women’s and other social movements from the former East Germany. Her work has appeared in Comparative Politics, Women & Politics, Problems of Post-Communism, Mobilization, and Germany Politics & Society.” She conducted her RNGS research on political representation.

Celia Valiente (Spain)
Celia Valiente is Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain . Her main research interests are public policies and social movements in Spain from a perspective on gender. Her publications include Políticas Públicas de Género en Perspectiva Comparada: La Mujer Trabajadora en Italia y España (1900-1996) (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1997). She conducted RNGS research on Spain on all five of the issue areas.

Evelyn Mahon (Ireland)
Evelyn Mahon is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin where she is Director of the M.Sc. In Applied Social Research. An active policy oriented sociologist, she has conducted research and published on gender and work and on social inequalities. She was Research Director (1995-97) of the Women and Crisis Pregnancy in Ireland study commissioned by the Department of Health and co-author of its final report. She conducted RNGS research on the abortion issue.

Anne Maria Holli (Finland)
Anne Maria Holli, PhD, is Research Fellow (Academy of Finland) at the Department of Political Science, University of Helsinki. Her major areas of research are in the fields of public equality policies, Nordic gender equality discourses, and gender and politics. Her most recent publications include: Discourse and Politics for Gender Equality in Late Twentieth Century Finland (Helsinki University Press, 2003) and chapters on Finland in the international RNGS project on gender politics: State Feminism, Women’s Movements and Job Training: Making Democracies Work in the Global Economy, ed. by Amy Mazur (Routledge, 2001), The Politics of Prostitution. Women’s Movements, Democratic States and the Globalisation of Sex Commerce, ed. by Joyce Outshoorn (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Feminism and Political Representation of Women in Europe and North America,ed. by Joni Lovenduski, Petra Meier, Diane Sainsbury, Marila Guadagnini and Claudie Baudino (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Gendering the State in the Age of Globalisation: Women’s Movements and State Feminism in Post Industrial Democracies, ed. by Melissa Haussman and Birgit Sauer) (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming). She is also co-editor to Women’s Citizenship and Political Rights (with S.K. Hellsten and K. Daskalova) (Palgrave, forthcoming). She has co-edited an anthology on gender equality policies in Finnish (2002) and published widely in referee journals and edited books.

Kathy Teghtsoonian (Canada)
Kathy Teghtsoonian is Associate Professor in the Studies in Policy and Practice program at the University of Victoria, where she teaches courses on policy, on women in the human services, and on critical perspectives on mental illness and mental health. Her recent research has involved a comparative analysis of the (now-former) Ministry of Women’s Equality in the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her work in this area has focused on the gender mainstreaming initiatives undertaken by these two Ministries, and on the factors influencing their institutional fates under governments of the right. She has also completed research analyzing child care policy debates in Canada and the United States, with particular attention to the discursive construction of women, families, and women’s caregiving work. Her most recent publications include “Disparate Fates in Challenging Times: Women’s Policy Agencies and Neoliberalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand and British Columbia,” Canadian Journal of Political Science (June 2005) and “Neoliberalism and Gender Analysis Mainstreaming in Aoteaora/New Zealand,” Australian Journal of Political Science (July 2004). She conducted RNGS research, with Joan Grace, on job training.

Diane Sainsbury (Sweden)
Diane Sainsbury is Lars Hierta Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University. She is author of Gender, Equality and Welfare States (Cambridge University Press, 1996), editor of Gendering Welfare States (Sage Publications, 1994) and Gender and Welfare State Regimes (Oxford University Press, 1999), and a contributing editor of State Feminism and Political Representation (Cambridge University Press, in press). Among her recent publications are ‘Rights without Seats: The Puzzle of Australian Women’s Legislative Recruitment’, in Elections: Full, Free & Fair, ed. by Marian Sawer (The Federation Press, 2001); ‘US Women’s Suffrage through a Multicultural Lens: Intersecting Struggles of Recognition’, in Recognition Struggles and Social Movements,ed. by Barbara Hobson (Cambridge University Press, 2003); ‘Women’s Political Representation in Sweden: Discursive Politics and Institutional Presence’, Scandinavian Political Studies, 2004 and ‘Party Feminism, State Feminism and Women’s Representation in Sweden’ in State Feminism and Political Representation, ed. by Joni Lovenduski, Petra Meier, Diane Sainbury, Marila Guadagnini and Claudie Baudino (Cambridge University Press, in press). She conducted RNGS research on political representation.

Alison Woodward (Belgium)
Alison Woodward has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She is Professor and Chair of the International Affairs and Politics Program of Vesalius College at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and co-founder of the Center for Women’s Studies. She has held appointments at the universities of Uppsala, Antwerp and Brussels, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm among others. She held the M. Jahoda Chair at the Ruhr University in 2001 and a Senior Research Fellowship at Wayne State University in 2003. Her primary research interest is in the field of comparative European public policy and organization, especially in the areas of equal opportunities policies, housing and alternative energy. Her current research is on transnational social movements and public policy and the role of regional parliaments in European governance. Recent publications include Inclusions and Exclusions in European Societies (edited with Martin Kohli)(Routledge 2001) and Going for Gender Balance (Council of Europe 2002). She conducted RNGS research on the hot issue.

Birgit Sauer (Austria)
Birgit Sauer is professor of political science at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna. She studied political science and German literature at the University of Tuebingen and at the Free University of Berlin. Her PhD was on political rituals in the GDR (1993 at the Free University of Berlin), her Habilitation on state and democratic theory in gender perspective (University of Vienna, 2000). Her research fields include gender and political culture, gender in political institution, state theory, gender and globalisation, political ritual, symbols, and myths. Recent publications include: ‘Taxes, Rights and Regimentation. Discourses on Prostitution in Austria’, in The Politics of Prostitution. Women’s Movements, Democratic States and the Globalisation of Sex Commerce, ed. by Joyce Outshoorn (Cambridge University Press, 2004); ‘Conceptualizing the German State. Putting Women’s Politics in its Place’, in Handbook of Global Social Policy, ed. by S. S. Nagel and A. Robb (Marcel Dekker, 2000); Die Asche des Souveräns. Staat und Demokratie in der Geschlechterdebatte (Campus Verlag, 2001).

Barbara Sullivan (Australia)
Barbara Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. She teaches courses on the politics of gender and sexuality, feminist and political theory. Her research has spanned a number of areas including sexual citizenship, prostitution and trafficking, feminism and liberal thought. Barbara’s most recent publications include articles in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Law and Context. She has published a monograph on prostitution in Australia(The Politics of Sex Cambridge University Press 1997) and edited three collections on prostitution, citizenship and contractualism. She conducted RNGS research on prostitution and the hot issue.