March 8, 2016  

Purdue prof part of #WomenAlsoKnowStuff to promote women in political science

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University professor is part of a national initiative to include more women political scientists as experts in the media, public and online during the 2016 election season.

Nadia Brown, an associate professor of political science and African American Studies, is one of 10 professors who created the site www.womenalsoknowstuff.com. The site was launched Tuesday (March 8) as part of International Women’s Day and is being publicized through #WomenAlsoKnowStuff and @womenalsoknow. Brown is part of the editorial board.

“This database identifies political science experts by the various topics they can discuss, such as political communication, campaign finance, immigration and citizenship, and religion and politics,” said Brown, whose areas of expertise include political behavior and minority representation, especially related to black women in politics, including Congress and state legislatures. “We want this site to be a resource for reporters who are looking for an expert to provide insight or community organizations to seek speakers on the latest election trends, as well as opportunities to hear from those who study politics, civics, gender and other related topics.”

Brown also is the author of "Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making." Her research has found that while black women politicians come together to support or oppose the same policies, their motivations are very diverse and may vary based on age and religious beliefs. Her current research focuses on the politics of appearance for black women candidates and lawmakers. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Nadia Brown, brown957@purdue.edu  

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