S. Laurel Weldon

S. Laurel Weldon

Adjunct Professor // Political Science

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Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
M.A. University of British Columbia, Canada
B.A. Simon Fraser University, Canada



Public Policy
Politics, Groups, and Identities


Taking a global perspective, Weldon's work on social movements and public policy explores many themes central to democratic and feminist theory including questions of representation, intersectionality, solidarity, and state-civil society relations. She is an expert on gender and social policy, especially policies on violence against women, but has also written on family law and policy, living wage and anti-poverty policy and employment policy more generally. Weldon's work combines quantitative cross-national and cross-state analysis with comparative case studies and fieldwork. With Mala Htun of the New School, Weldon is currently involved in an NSF-funded project investigating women's rights in 70 countries.

Weldon is the author of two books, and a co-editor of the first ever Oxford Handbook on Politics and Gender, (February 2013, Oxford University Press). She also co-edits the journal, Politics, Groups and Identity, published by the Western Political Science Association. Professor Weldon has served on the Council of the American Political Science Association and of the Midwest Political Science Association and has served as President of the Women and Politics Research Section of APSA. She has been the recipient of both teaching and research awards, and has worked in a varienty of capacities for local and national governments, non-governmental organizations and international, intergovernmental organizations.

Selected Publications:

The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics by Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis, Johanna Kantola, and S. Laurel Weldon. (Oxford University Press, Feb 2013).

"The Civic Origins of Progressive Policy Change: Combating Violence against Women in Global Perspective, 1975-2005," American Political Science Review. 2012 (with Mala Htun).

S. Laurel Weldon. When Protest Makes Policy: How Social Movements Represent Disadvantaged Groups, (University of Michigan Press, 2011).

"Comparative Perspectives on Women's Rights in Family Law: A Global Overview," Indiana Journal of Global
Legal Studies.
2011 (with Mala Htun).

"Informal Institutions, Protest, and Change in Gendered Federal Systems," Politics & Gender (June 2011)
(with Lee Ann Banaczak).

"When do Governments Promote Women's Rights? A Framework for a Comparative Politics of Sex Equality Policy," Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 8 (1) 2010. (with Mala Htun)

"The Concept of Intersectionality" Gender and Concepts, Amy G. Mazur and Gary Goertz, eds. (Cambridge University Press 2008.).

"Women's Movements, Identity Politics and Policy Impact: A Study of Policies on Violence Against Women in the 50 U.S. States" Forthcoming: Political Research Quarterly.

"Inclusion, Solidarity and Social Movements: The Global Movement on Gender Violence" Perspectives On Politics 4(1) (March 2006): 55-74.

"Beyond Bodies: Institutional Sources of Representation for Women." Journal of Politics 64 (4) November 2002: 1153-1174.

Protest, Policy and the Problem of Violence Against Women: A Cross-National Comparison, Pittsburgh: (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002).


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