Research and Scholarship

CAWP research and research by CAWP scholars that addresses emerging questions about American women's political participation. 

  • Rethinking Women’s Political Power

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report examines women’s political power within diverse state political ecosystems and illustrates that increasing women’s political power is a multi-site, multiracial, and bipartisan endeavor.

    Report
    Research
    Candidate Recruitment
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Women Voters and the Gender Gap
    Women and Term Limits
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Elective Office
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local
  • From Data to Diversity II: The Demographics of New Jersey's Appointed Officials

    by Jean Sinzdak and Chelsea Hill

    Part two of CAWP's Data to Diversity project analyzes the demographics of officials appointed to state boards, commissions, and authorities in New Jersey. Specifically, this report focuses on the gender and ethnic diversity of New Jersey's appointed public officials. 

     

     

    Report
    From Data to Diversity Project
    Research
    New Jersey
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Statewide Executive
  • The Donor Gap

    by Kira Sanbonmatsu, Ph.D. 

    This interactive experience using data visualizations examines the intersection of campaign finance and gender from both the donor and recipient perspective, with state-by-state analysis and partisan breakdowns. Once again, our campaign finance research shows women lagging men both as donors and in the amounts donated.

    Report
    CAWP Women, Money, and Politics Series
    Research
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Political Parties
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
  • Mujeres y Movidas: Latina Congressional Candidate Emergence and Experiences in California and Texas

    by Anna Sampaio (Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science, Santa Clara University, CAWP Research Grantee)

     

    Dr. Sampaio explores, through empirical data and interviews with candidates and political professionals, the experiences of Latina congressional candidates in the 2018, 2020, and 2022 elections. She also provides prescriptions founded in this research to enhance Latinas’ political participation and increase the number of Latinas running for office.

     
    Report
    Research
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Political Parties
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Elective Office
    Congress
  • From Data to Diversity I: The Demographics of New Jersey's Elected Officials

    by Jean Sinzdak and Chelsea Hill

    This report provides a demographic overview of elected officials serving in New Jersey in the first phase of a project created by the New Jersey Legislature.

     

    Report
    From Data to Diversity Project
    Research
    New Jersey
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Congress
    State Legislature
    Local
  • Black Women in American Politics 2023

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund outlines the status of Black women in American politics as of June 2023. 

    Report
    Research
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Federal Executive
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local
  • Women in Election 2022: Marking Midterm Progress

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report analyzes women’s electoral success in 2022, focusing on the numbers, and puts it into historical context—with special attention to how 2022 compared to the historic elections that preceded it.

    Report
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Political Parties
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Elective Office
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
  • Latinas in U.S. Politics 2022

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and Latinas Represent outlines the status of Latinas in American politics as of October 2022. 

    Report
    Research
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Elective Office
    Federal Executive
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local
  • "The politics of “women of color”: a group identity worth investigating" in Politics, Groups and Identities

    By Yalidy Matos,Stacey Greene, and Kira Sanbonmatsu

    This article is the first public opinion study to examine whether there is continued utility in a "women of color" (WOC) identity. The article finds that a majority of Black women and Latinas self-identify as WOC and see it as an important part of their identity.

    Article
    Research
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
  • Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics, 5th Edition

    The fifth edition of Gender and Elections offers a lively, multi-faceted account of the role of gender in the electoral process through the 2020 elections.

    Book
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Political Parties
    Federal Executive
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature