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Nichola D. Gutgold

Nichola D. Gutgold

Nichola D. Gutgold is associate dean of academic affairs at Schreyer Honors College at Penn State and professor of communication arts and sciences. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of women in male-dominated fields. Books include: The Rhetoric of Supreme Court Women: From Obstacles to Options (2012), Almost Madam President: Why Hillary Clinton ‘won’ in 2008 (2009), Seen and Heard: The Women of Television News (2008), and Paving the Way for Madam President (2006). With Molly Wertheimer she co-authored Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Speaking From the Heart (2004). With Ted Sheckels and Diana Carlin she co-authored Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced (2012). In  2013 she gave a TEDxPSU talk on women and the American presidency (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0Uo05JoZQo).

Nichola D. Gutgold is a WMC SheSource expert on politics. 


Featured Columns

10 Ways for Women Candidates to Beat the Electoral Double Standard

10 Ways for Women Candidates to Beat the Electoral Double Standard

January 14, 2016

As the list of presidential contenders thins, the author of the book "Gender and the American Presidency" looks at the qualities a woman candidate needs in order to win. More »

Can Hillary Clinton Show That Women Can Run…and Win?

April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton is the latest of many women who have run for president. In order to inspire more women to run, we have to teach girls and young women this history. More »

Appointing Judges Who Have Fought for Justice

Appointing Judges Who Have Fought for Justice

February 28, 2014

Now that the U.S. Senate has changed its rules to make filling judicial vacancies easier, a new report calls on President Obama to nominate judges who have experience as advocates for change. More »

Hillary Clinton’s Future—Full of Possibilities

Hillary Clinton’s Future—Full of Possibilities

February 7, 2013

The author, who has closely followed Hillary Clinton's career, writes that pundits are posing the wrong question about Clinton's future. More »

Justice Ginsburg Should Continue to Raise Her Vital Voice

Justice Ginsburg Should Continue to Raise Her Vital Voice

June 5, 2012

The author of a new book on the rhetoric of women on the Supreme Court argues that the nation needs to continue hearing the voice of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from her hard-won position on the high court. More »

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reminds: “Keep in Mind Your Mission”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reminds: “Keep in Mind Your Mission”

August 23, 2010

As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to welcome Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court bench this fall, she reflects on the value of civil discourse in an interview with Associate Professor Nichola D. Gutgold. More »

Women’s History Month Primer: Running for Office

March 23, 2010

At the highest level of elective office in the United States, we’ve seen only a few women go after a major party nomination. The author, a professor of communications arts and sciences, extracts some lessons from their campaigns. More »

From Madam Gov. to Madam Pres.

From Madam Gov. to Madam Pres.

February 1, 2010

Filling the pipeline leading to the first woman elected U.S. president will take candidates who have convinced voters of their executive abilities, argues the writer, author of two books on women’s races for the highest office. The same doesn’t appear to be true for men who run. More »

Sarah Palin Is on the Road Again, But to Where?

Sarah Palin Is on the Road Again, But to Where?

November 16, 2009

Sarah Palin is back in the news, with an appearance on Oprah and a tour to promote her autobiography that can’t fail to excite her supporters. But can she move beyond her base to become a viable candidate again for national office? More »

Secretary Clinton: The Uses of “First Lady Tendencies”

Secretary Clinton: The Uses of “First Lady Tendencies”

August 24, 2009

A recent media take on the secretary reveals a truncated view of appropriate diplomatic style. A sense of mission derived from her own experiences drives Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and the broad scope of her background grounds her work. More »

As Secretary of State, Clinton Can Exercise a Range of Roles

May 18, 2009

In her current job, Hillary Clinton has found the freedom to express herself in various modes that work for her and for the Obama Administration. She is winning the appreciation of the public and of political and media observers. More »

Hillary Clinton Continues To Rewrite the Script

February 23, 2009

Lisa Burns, author of First Ladies and the Fourth Estate (Northern Illinois University Press, 2008), concluded her illuminating book with the statement: “the question of women’s ‘proper’ place in political culture is as relevant today as it has been during any historical period.” As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton continues to redefine our possibilities as she demonstrates that the tradition-bound role of first lady can lead to a political voice on the international stage. More »

Girls Need to See Women Rise to Political Power

January 12, 2009

In about a week, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States—entering the history books as the first African American to serve. Young girls know from Hillary Clinton’s near success at becoming the Democratic candidate that women can aspire to the highest office too, but studies show that their assurance could quickly fade. More »

Speaking of Change: Women Broadcasters Deliver

October 8, 2008

Two thirds of the way through the male-moderated presidential debates, history has turned in this election when women broadcasters played a role. More »

The Clinton Nomination: Historic But Not Unprecedented

August 20, 2008

That Hillary Clinton’s name is being placed in nomination at the 2008 Democratic National Convention next week in Denver is the subject of much controversy. “Hillary Haters” are pointing to the ongoing Clinton drama. “Hillary Lovers” are rejoicing that she will be recognized for her historic presidential bid. More »

Hillary Speaks Fluent Pennsylvanian

April 10, 2008

Women Gain With Hillary Clinton’s Run

February 25, 2008

Social Networking Sites Provide Unprecedented Forums for Hillary Hating

December 26, 2007

WMC Commentary: Hillary Clinton’s Masculine Communication Style Just Might Win the Prize

November 13, 2007