Electing Women: Opportunities and Hurdles
Professor Kathryn Pearson is joined by House Majority Leader Erin Murphy to discuss the election of women to legislative office. This program will combine Professor Pearson’s discussion of the research on legislative elections and legislatures with Representative Murphy’s practical experiences as a leader. This event will be moderated by Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune reporter.
A light dinner will be served after the event.
Erin Murphy is the Minnesota House Majority Leader and was recently elected to her 4th term serving her constituents in St. Paul. Murphy was elected House Majority Leader after the DFL won a majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives this past month. Murphy is a registered nurse and the former Executive Director of the Minnesota Nurses Association. She teaches at St. Catherine University in the School of Nursing. Murphy earned her baccalaureate degree at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and her graduate degree at the College of St. Catherine. Erin and her husband Joe have twin daughters in college. Murphy represents the mighty citizens of Summit Hill, Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Desnoyer Park, Hamline-Midway and St. Anthony Park.
Kathryn Pearson is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota specializing in American politics; her research focuses on the United States Congress, congressional elections, political parties, women and politics, and public opinion. Her research has recently appeared in The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender, and she has published several book chapters. Professor Pearson received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently working on a book titled Party Discipline in the House of Representatives that combines quantitative data analysis and interviews of key elites to examine party leaders’ strategic use of their legislative prerogatives to reward loyal party members and punish defectors. It is an extension of her dissertation that won the APSA Legislative Studies Section’s Carl Albert Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies in 2004-2005. Two of her papers have won the CQ Press Award for the best paper presented in the Legislative Studies Section at an American Political Science Association Meeting, “Legislating in Women’s Interests? Congresswomen in the 106th Congress” (in 2001) and “Discharge Petitions, Agenda Control, and the Congressional Committee System, 1929-1976” (in 2007, with Eric Schickler). In 2002- 2003, Pearson was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and from 1993 to 1998, she worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for two members of Congress.