Assistant Professor of Political Science

Kristin N. Wylie received her Ph.D. from the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, with specializations in comparative politics and methodology. She also holds a B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. Prior to joining the JMU community, she was a visiting assistant professor at SUNY-Geneseo and an adjunct instructor at Louisiana State University. Her teaching interests include gender and politics, comparative and global politics, political institutions, development, social movements, and research methods.

Dr. Wylie’s research examines how electoral rules, political parties, and constituencies interact to affect the representativeness and accountability of democracy. In her dissertation she investigated the barriers to women’s participation in Brazilian electoral politics and the individual and party-level characteristics enabling women to overcome those obstacles. She is currently developing research agenda exploring popular movements for political reform, and connections between women’s participation in social movements, electoral politics, and gender equity policy initiatives.

OFFICE: 2187 Miller Hall
PHONE: (540) 568-5307
FAX: (540) 568-8021

Department of Political Science
James Madison University
91 E Grace St., MSC 7705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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