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Susan J. Carroll

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Susan J. Carroll is Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University as well as Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) of the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Carroll is the author of numerous publications on women's political participation, including Women as Candidates in American Politics (Indiana University Press, Second Edition, 1994) and More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures (Oxford University Press, 2013) (with Kira Sanbonmatsu). Her edited volumes include: The Impact of Women in Public Office (Indiana University Press, 2001), Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics (Cambridge University Press, Third Edition, 2014) (with Richard L. Fox). She has published many journal articles and book chapters focusing on women candidates, voters, elected officials, and political appointees. Her recent research examines gender and political representation and the role of gender in elections.

As senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, Carroll has been co-principal investigator on several major research projects funded by the Ford Foundation, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, and the Barbara Lee Foundation. She has co-authored several CAWP publications focusing on the recruitment and impact of women state legislators and members of Congress, including Poised to Run: Women's Pathways to the State Legislatures; Reshaping the Agenda: Women in State Legislatures; Women's Routes to Elective Office: A Comparison With Men's; and Voices, Views, Votes: The Impact of Women in the 103rd Congress.

Carroll was instrumental in developing the pioneering graduate program in women and politics within the political science department at Rutgers University, and she is especially proud of the accomplishments of the extraordinary feminist scholars she has helped educate. At the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Carroll oversees the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program, an honors-like program through which a select group of juniors and seniors examine the interconnections between the theory and practice of politics.

Carroll is a founder and former president of the Organized Section for Women and Politics Research of the American Political Science Association, and she currently co-edits the CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics, a book series published by the University of Michigan Press. In 2006 she received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association.

As a nationally recognized expert on women’s participation in politics, Carroll has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, Time, and various other print media. Her televison appearances include: CNN; "Nightline” on ABC; "Up to the Minute” on CBS; WNYC public television in New York; WNJN public television in New Jersey; WCBS News in New York; and WNBC’s "Today in New York Weekend Edition." She has been interviewed for numerous radio programs, including "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition," and "Marketplace" on National Public Radio.

Carroll has a long history of involvement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), having served as a member of the board of trustees of the ACLU-NJ for 15 years and as a delegate to two national ACLU conventions. She also served on the board of her local Girl Scout council. She received the Mary Philbrook Award for achievements and contributions to advancing women’s equality from the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey and the Georgina Smith Award for Creative and Distinguished Leadership from the Rutgers University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Carroll received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University and her B.A. in history from Miami University in Ohio. She taught at George Washington University before coming to Rutgers in 1981.