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Beth ReingoldDepartment Chair – WGSSAssociate Professor - WGSS and Political Science

Beth Reingold is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She received her BA in Political Science and History from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and her MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Reingold is the author of Representing Women: Sex, Gender, and Legislative Behavior in Arizona and California (University of North Carolina Press) and the editor of Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead (Lynne Rienner Publishers). Her research on gender, race, and the politics of representation and identity in the U.S. has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Social Forces, TheJournal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Politics & Gender, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and State Politics & Policy Quarterly. Her current research focuses on American state legislatures to examine: the intersections of race and gender in representational (electoral and policymaking) processes and outcomes; gender-race inequalities and biases in legislative leadership selection; anti-feminist (anti-abortion rights) agenda-setting and women’s representation; and the interracial dynamics of immigration politics and policymaking.


Politics of Race and Gender | Intersectionality |Identity Politics & Representation in the U.S. | Research Design

Recent Publications

Beth Reingold, Kirsten Widner, and Rachel Harmon. Forthcoming. “Legislating at the Intersections: Race, Gender, and Representation.” Political Research Quarterly

Irene Browne, Beth Reingold, and Anne Kronberg. 2018. “Race Relations, Black Elites and Immigration Politics: Conflict, Commonalities, and Context.” Social Forces 96(4): 1691-1720.

Beth Reingold and Kerry L. Haynie. 2014. “Representing Women’s Interests and Intersections of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. State Legislatures.” In Representation: The Case of Women, edited by Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson. New York: Oxford University Press. (pp. 183-204)

Beth Reingold. 2014. “Legislative Diversity.” In CQ Press Guide to State Politics and Policy, edited by Richard G. Niemi and Joshua J. Dyck. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press/Sage Publications.

Beth Reingold and Adrienne R. Smith. 2012. “Welfare Policymaking and Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in U.S. State Legislatures.” American Journal of Political Science 56(1): 131-47.

  • Reprinted in Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader, ed. by Patrick R. Grzanka. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2014.

Beth Reingold and Michele Swers. 2011. “An Endogenous Approach to Women’s Interests: When Interests Are Interesting in and of Themselves.” Politics & Gender Critical Perspectives on Gender and Politics: The Meaning and Measurement of Women’s Interests (guest editors, Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson) 7(3): 429-435

Kathleen A. Bratton, Kerry L. Haynie, and Beth Reingold. 2006. “Agenda Setting and African American Women in State Legislatures.” Published simultaneously in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 28 (Summer/Fall): 71-96 and in Intersectionality and Politics: Recent Research on Gender, Race, and Political Representation in the United States, ed. Carol Hardy-Fanta. New York: Hayworth Press.