Christina E. Bejarano

Christina E. Bejarano

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas
cbejaran@ku.edu | (785) 864-9122 | CV

Christina E. Bejarano is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas.  Her research and teaching interests are in American politics, in particular the areas of gender, race/ethnicity, and political behavior.  She is particularly interested in studying the conditions under which racial/ethnic minorities and women successfully compete for U.S. electoral office, which is reflected in her book—The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success (University of Texas Press, 2013).  Her work also focuses on how racial/ethnic minorities and women can shape or influence the current electoral environment, which is reflected in her book—The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (Routledge Press, 2014).  Bejarano currently serves on the editorial board for Politics & Gender Journal.  She is also on the national advisory council for LatinasRepresent, a joint initiative working to increase Latina political leadership and representation.  Bejarano received her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of Iowa and her B.A. in psychology from the University of North Texas.

Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Mary Washington
rcooperm@umw.edu | (540) 654-1513

Rosalyn Cooperman is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.  Cooperman’s research focuses on the relationship between political parties, PACs, and women candidates, as well as elite attitudes regarding women’s political participation.  Since 2004, Cooperman has served as a principal investigator for the Convention Delegate Study, a survey of Democratic and Republican party delegates.  She is also co-principal investigator for the 2014 National Supporter Survey, a survey of campaign donors to political parties and women’s PACs.  In addition to the publication of book chapters on women candidates, Cooperman’s research on political parties has been published in such journals as American Political Science Review ​and Political Science Quarterly.  Cooperman serves as a commentator for U.S. News & World Report’s Debate Club.  She received her B.A. from Indiana University and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Melissa Deckman

Melissa Deckman

Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs, Washington College
mdeckman2@washcoll.edu | (800) 422-1782, ext. 7494 | CV

Melissa Deckman is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs at Washington College in Maryland. She is the author or co-author of five books, including School Board Battles: The Christian Right in Local Politics, winner of the 2007 Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book on Religion & Politics. She is also a co-author of the best-selling textbook Women and Politics, with Julie Dolan and Michele L. Swers, now out in its 3rd edition with Rowman and Littlefield.  Her latest book, Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the American Right, will be published by NYU Press in April 2016.  She also chairs the board of Public Religion Research Institute, a public, non-partisan polling organization based in Washington DC.

Kathleen Dolan

Kathleen Dolan

Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
kdolan@uwm.edu | (414) 229-6468 | CV

Kathleen Dolan is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her research focuses on gender politics, public opinion, elections, and voting behavior. Dolan is the author of When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Voting for Women: How the Public Evaluates Women Candidates (Westview Press, 2004). Her work has also appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited books. She has served as co-editor of the journal Politics & Gender and as a member of the board of the American National Election Studies.

Kathleen Harrington

Kathleen Harrington

Division Chair, Government Relations, Mayo Clinic
Harrington.Kathleen2@ mayo.edu | (507) 266-1445

Kathleen Harrington is the Chair of the Division of Government Relations at Mayo Clinic. In this role she oversees a team that develops health policy recommendations, and advocates for Mayo Clinic and its patients at the federal and state levels.

Prior to her position in the Division of Government Relations, Kathleen spent 30 years in Washington DC working on health policy issues in a variety of roles. This includes serving as chief of staff for Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson, Assistant Secretary for Secretary Elizabeth Dole at the Department of Labor, Vice President of Federal Government Relations at Aetna, and the Director of the Office of External Affairs for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, during which time she developed and implemented the education and enrollment campaigns for Medicare Part D. She served as campaign staff and advisor for numerous women running for public office, including Deputy Campaign Manager for Secretary Elizabeth Dole in her presidential campaign.

Kathleen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Colgate University, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology degree from Catholic University of America, and currently lives in Rochester, Minnesota.

Christine K. Jahnke

Christine K. Jahnke

President, Positive Communications
poscom@rcn.com |

A nationally recognized author, speaker, and consultant on effective communications skills, Chris Jahnke is passionate about helping women leaders project with confidence before audiences large and small. An expert in political communication, Chris prepped First Lady Michelle Obama for her first international speech and was an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign.

As a consultant to Emily’s List she helped elect a record number of women to the U.S. Senate in 2012 and has prepped more women candidates and elected officials than any other trainer. This election cycle, Chris is an expert analyst for Presidential Gender Watch, live tweeting the presidential debates. NPR, US NEWS, Elle Magazine, and The Hill have featured her debate advice. Every four years since 1996, Chris has been a backstage speech coach at the Democratic National Convention.

A Minnesota native, Chris has said that overcoming her own fears about public speaking forged her determination to help more women raise their voices. She is the author of The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best (Prometheus Books, 2011) and founded her firm Positive Communications in 1991.

Melanye Price

Melanye Price

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science, Rutgers University—New Brunswick
mtprice@rci.rutgers.edu | (848) 445-3301

Melanye Price is assistant professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Rutgers University—New Brunswick. Her research/teaching interests include black politics, public opinion, and social movements. Dr. Price completed her B.A. magna cum laude in geography at Prairie View A&M University and her MA and PhD in political science at The Ohio State University. Her second book, The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (NYU) that examines the multiple and strategic ways that President Obama uses race to deflect negative racial attitudes and engage with a large cross-section of voters will be published in June. Her first book, Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion (NYU) examined contemporary support for Black Nationalism. Professor Price previously taught at Wesleyan University and was an inaugural professor for Wesleyan’s College in Prison Program at Cheshire Correctional Facility, a maximum security men’s prison. She has also done political commentary for The New York Times, Hartford Courant, CT Public Radio, and the Middletown Press.