Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University–Camden and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She is the author of Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns (Temple University Press, 2015), as well as multiple book chapters on gender and American politics. Dittmar’s research focuses on gender and American political institutions, including Congress, with a particular focus on how gender informs campaigns and the impact of gender diversity among elites in policy and political decisions, priorities, and processes.
Dittmar was an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow from 2011 to 2012, where she served as a legislative aide on education, labor, social welfare, and women’s issues. She previously worked as a Federal Legislative Assistant for Governor Jennifer Granholm (MI).
At CAWP, Dittmar manages national research projects, helps to develop and implement CAWP’s research agenda, and contributes to CAWP reports, publications, and analyses. She also works with CAWP’s programs for women’s public leadership and has been an expert source and commentator for media outlets including MSNBC, NPR, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. She currently serves on the editorial board for Politics and Gender and is a board member for Women Under Forty PAC.
Dittmar earned her B.A. from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Women Going into the Family Business... of Politics
Footnotes Blog [January 23, 2014]
Why Haven't There Been More Female Governors?
Illinois Public Radio (NPR Affiliate) [January 14, 2014]
Money and Politics with a Gender Lens
Center for American Women and Politics and the National Council for Research on Women [Fall 2013]
Women Make Better Senators
Huffington Post Live [July 16, 2013]
A Woman on the Hill: A Front-Row Seat to Women's Impact in Congress
PS: Political Science and Politics [Spring 2013]
Women's Voices and Women's Votes: Gender and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
e-International Relations [November 20, 2012]
Huffington Post Live [May 2, 2013]
Women and the Last Election
All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU – Ohio Public Radio [February 28, 2013]
Are attacks against Wendy Davis sexist or standard political fare?
MSNBC, Melissa Harris Perry [January 26, 2014]
Gender Didn’t “Happen” to Carly Fiorina (or Anyone)
Ms Blog [October 2, 2015 ]
Embracing Gender: It’s Debatable
Ms Blog [October 16, 2015 ]
Candidate comments on women highlight gender politics
MPR News [August 10, 2015 ]
Navigating the gender terrain of political campaigns
News Work [November 6, 2014 ]
Clinton Made Women's History By Clinching The Delegate Count
NPR [June 8, 2016]
Will Brexit Affect U.S. Elections
MSNBC [June 2016]
What do American women make of Donald Trump? Food writer Sabrina Ghayour
BBC [May 24, 2016]
What the 'women's vote' means in 2016
PBS NewsHour [March 31, 2016]
Sexism on the campaign trail: How Hillary Clinton can shatter the glass ceiling