Political Science Department

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All Roads Lead to Power: Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

In this talk Dr. Kaitlin Sidorsky explores the different pathways and ambitions of the men and women who have taken the appointed route to public office in comparison to electoral route. She will discuss the various backgrounds of the men and women who serve in appointed versus elected state office and how the decision to serve in an appointment is closely related to women's personal and professional experiences. Book signing to follow in the lobby of 111 Thayer Street. 


The political science department at Brown University is a dynamic community of scholars and students investigating some of the largest, most pressing challenges of political life today. Our faculty are at the leading edge of research in all the traditional subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We study many different regions of the world, and we engage a wide variety of methods and intellectual approaches. We have a vibrant PhD program that trains graduate students for careers in academia and advanced research. Our undergraduate major is one of the largest on campus, although most of our classes are small and allow students to work closely with faculty members. Our graduates pursue a wide range of different careers paths, including law, public service, business, education, and more.

Our faculty and students profit from the many outstanding institutes, centers, and programs at Brown that bear on the study of politics. These include the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs, Masters in Public Affairs Program, the Program in Urban Studies, the Center for Contemporary South Asia, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Political Theory Project, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Middle East Studies, Development Studies, the Population Studies and Training Center, and Africana Studies. Together we are a community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars at the cutting edge in the study of political life. We are diverse in approach, method, and field of study, but we work closely together to foster new understanding and creative approaches to the political challenges of our increasingly complex world.