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Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor of communication at Penn State University. She is author of six books, three on women and the US presidency. She is also a consultant on women political candidates and an election night commentator. 

Her most recent book is Still Paving the Way for Madam President and she recently helped devlope a new documentary ilot on women who have run for the US presidency. She has a forthcoming book on women world leaders. 

Her book Gender and the American Presidency (Lexington Books, 2012), was written with Theodore F. Sheckels and Diana B. Carlin and invites readers to consider women qualified enough to be president and to explore reasons why these women have been dismissed as presidential contenders.  

Her previous book Almost Madam President: Why Hillary Clinton ‘won’ in 2008, (Lexington Books, 2009) contends that Clinton exercised a wide range of rhetorical options to become the first front-runner woman candidate for president. The book is a follow up to her 2006 book: Paving the Way for Madam President (Lexington Press, 2006). The book chronicles the lives of Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, Patricia Schroeder, Elizabeth Dole and Carol Moseley Braun. It considers the prospects of a woman president and examines the bids of the five women who ran for president of the U.S. between the years 1964-2004.

She is also author of Seen and Heard: The Women of Television News (Lexington Book, 2008) and co-author of a rhetorical biography of Elizabeth Dole that was published in 2004 by Praeger Press, titled Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Speaking from the Heart.

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