Sometimes an idea comes along that is so good that people wonder why it took so long. This is one of those ideas.
There are many experts in political science who could add to public debates. The problem is finding them. Because journalists, panel organizers, and others tend to rely on informal networks and other ad hoc solutions, the experts are often men.
In February, Samara Klar, an Assistant Professor at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, came up with a simple solution. She created WomenAlsoKnowStuff.com, a website that simply lists female political scientists by their their areas of expertise.
Today, Women Also Know Stuff has just under 800 scholars. It also has its own editorial board and new website that makes it easy to find women who, well, know stuff.
The site has been well-received by political scientists because it simultaneously raises awareness of political science and highlights women who are among the best and brightest in the field.
Now, if a panel organizer is male-only or if a journalist doesn’t interview a woman, they can’t use the excuse of not being able to find a woman.
The website includes 38 who are experts in Religion & Politics (I’ve included the list below). I don’t know all of the women on the list, but I know many of them. They’re top-notch scholars who really know their stuff.
|First Name||Last Name||University||Country Focus||Keywords|
|Bethany||Albertson||University of Texas, Austin||anxiety, emotion, religion|
|Rachel||Beatty Riedl||Northwestern University||Senegal, Ghana, Benin, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Burkina Faso||Political Parties, Democratization, Authoritarianism, Historical Institutionalism, Religion and Politics, Regime Transition, Term Limits, Decentralization, Local Governance, Representation, Identity Politics|
|Julie||Chernov Hwang||Goucher College||Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey||Terrorism, disengagement, political violence, Islamist parties, political Islam, Indonesia, Malaysia|
|Kimberly||Conger||University of Cincinnati||Evangelicals, interest groups, religion and politics, Republican party, Republican activists, Christian Right, Religious Left.|
|Samantha||Cooke||University of Surrey||Egypt, Iran||Egypt, Iran, gender equality, family law, comparative politics, orientalism, resistance, secularism|
|Melissa||Deckman||Washington College||2016 Election
Religion and Politics
Women and Politics
|Marie||Demker||Gothenburg University||Sweden, France, Norway||Political parties, Ideology, Nationalism, Religion|
|Nandini||Deo||Lehigh University||India, Pakistan, Afghanistan||Hindu nationalism, feminism, NGOs|
|Andra||Gillespie||Emory University||United States||2016 Election; African American Politics; Minority Politics; Political Participation; Deracialization; Campaigns and Elections; Political Leadership|
|Margaret||Gonzalez-Perez||Southeastern Louisiana University||Terrorism, female suicide bombers, Middle East politics, international relations, religion and politics, political violence|
|Anna||Grzymala-Busse||University of Michigan||Poland||Church and State, political parties, authoritarian politics, nationalism, state building|
|Andrea||Hatcher||Sewanee: The University of the South||American congressional leadership, constitutional law, Evangelical politics, British Evangelicals|
|Lisel||Hintz||Cornell University||Turkey, Turkey-Syria-ISIS, Turkey’s Kurdish region||Turkey, identity, foreign policy, Kurds, Syria, protest dynamics, social movements|
|Amanda||Hollis-Brusky||Pomona College||United States||Supreme Court, gun control, federalism, separation of powers, executive power, unitary executive theory, conservative legal movement, Originalism, constitutional law, reproductive rights, affirmative action, war powers, 2016 Election, campaign finance, conservative Christian legal movement, legal education, legal profession, the Federalist Society|
|Mirya||Holman||Tulane University||gender, stereotypes, urban politics, mayors, experiments, research methods, sheriffs, political ambition|
|Farida||Jalalzai||Oklahoma State University||Hillary Clinton; women presidents; women prime ministers; women’s empowerment; Dilma Rousseff; Muslim Americans|
|Catherine Lena||Kelly||American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow||Senegal||Political party systems, Democratization, Islam and politics, Rule of law, Democracy and governance program evaluation|
|Karrie||Koesel||University of Notre Dame||China, Russia||Chinese politics, Russian politics, religion and politics, comparative authoritarianism, civic and political education|
|Autoosa||Kojoori||University of Nevada Las Vegas||Iran MENA||MENA, Political Instability, Political Conflict, Terrorism, Inequality, Development, Social media and mobilization, Revolutions, Human Rights, Islam, Religion, factionalism|
|Nazita||Lajevardi||University of California, San Diego||USA||Race, Turnout, Voter ID Laws, Muslim Americans, Political Representation, Political Behavior|
|Cecelia||Lynch||University of California, Irvine|
|Michele||Margolis||University of Pennsylvania|
|Alison||McQueen||Stanford University||apocalypse, catastrophe, history of political thought, methods of textual interpretation, political realism, political theory, religion, religious violence|
|Gjylbehare Bella||Murati||Ghent/Belgium||Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia and Bosnia and Hecegovina||Human rights, rule of law, state-building, democratization, transitional justice.|
|Malori||Musselman||University of Oregon||USA||religion and politics, environmental politics and religion, political theory, interpretive methods|
|Tova||Norlen||Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)|
|Sumita||Pahwa||Scripps College||Egypt, India||Islamism, Social movements|
|Yolanda||Pierce||Princeton Theological Seminary|
|Melina||Platas Izama||Stanford University, NYU Abu Dhabi 2016–||Uganda||education, Islam in Africa, health, Africa, foreign aid|
|Kanica||Rakhra||Jawaharlal Nehru University||India, Iran, South Asia, Middle East||Emotions, Prestige, Norms, Political Psychology, Social Identity, Nuclear Politics, Nuclear Disarmament, South Asia, Middle East|
|Ani||Sarkissian||Michigan State University||Turkey, Armenia||religion and politics, Islam, authoritarianism, democratization, civil society|
|Jillian||Schwedler||Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY||Jordan, Yemen|
|Allyson||Shortle||University of Oklahoma||United States||Public opinion, political psychology, immigration opposition, religious nationalism, anti-GMO attitudes|
|Amy Erica||Smith||Iowa State University||Brazil||Latin American politics, religion and politics, evangelicals in Brazil, social networks, voters and elections|
|Jennifer||Walsh||Azusa Pacific University||United States, New Zealand, China||2016 Election, criminal justice reform, criminal sentencing policies, mass incarceration, religious freedom, women and politics, California ballot initiatives|
|Anne||Wolf||University of Oxford||Tunisia, Morocco||political Islam, terrorism, Ansar al-Sharia, Tunisia’s Ennahda, Tunisia’s Nidaa Tounes and secular party politics, elections, democratization, Moroccan foreign policy, Moroccan religious reforms, religious education in Morocco|