1st Edition

Women of Color Political Elites in the U.S. Intersectional Political Experiences

    This volume presents a detailed and in-depth examination of women of color political elites in the United States in varying levels of office and non-elected positions.

    Through innovative data, novel theoretical frameworks, and compelling arguments, the chapters in this book explore how women of color political elites are changing, challenging, or upending the status quo in American politics. Beyond an additive approach of either race or gender the authors in this volume employ an intersectional lens to explore the complexities of governing, running for office, and adjudicating in a diversifying America.

    This book will be of great value to upper-level students, researchers, and academics of political science interested in women’s and gender studies, political leadership as well as race and ethnic studies. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy.

    1. The Community Matters: Finding the Source of the Radical Imagination of Black Women’s Political Ambition

    Pearl K. Ford Dowe

    2. The 2018 Congressional Midterms, Symbolic Empowerment, and Ayanna Pressley’s Mobilizing Effect: A Case Study for Future Analysis of Historic Firsts

    Evelyn M. Simien

    3. Legislating as Your Full Self: Queer Women of Color in US State Legislatures

    Hanna K. Brant and Jordan Butcher

    4. Her Honor: Black Women Judges’ Experiences with Disrespect and Recusal Requests in the American Judiciary

    Taneisha N. Means

    5. The Black Women of the US Congress: Learning from Descriptive Data

    Nadia E. Brown, Christopher J. Clark and Anna Mitchell Mahoney

    6. Galvanizing Grief: Black Maternal Politics, Respectability, and the Pursuit of Elected Office

    Aidan Smith

    7. "Better Too Much Than Not Enough": The Nomination of Women of Color to the Federal Bench

    Laura Moyer, Allison P. Harris and Rorie Spill Solberg

    8. Black and Desi: Indian American Perceptions of Kamala Harris

    Danielle Casarez Lemi, Maneesh Arora and Sara Sadhwani

    9. The Future of Black Feminism and Black Women Political Elites: A Reflexive Interview with Duchess Harris

    India S. Lenear

    10. A Conversation with Mary Hawkesworth on Intersectionality, Political Science, and Challenging the Discipline

    Catherine N. Wineinger

    11. Moving beyond Niceness: Reading bell hooks into the Radical Potential for the Discipline

    Alex Moffett-Bateau and Jenn M. Jackson


    Nadia E. Brown is Professor of Government and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University, USA. She is co-author of Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites.

    Christopher J. Clark is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He is author of Gaining Voice: The Causes and Consequences of Black Representation in the American States.

    Anna Mitchell Mahoney is Administrative Associate Professor of Women's Political Leadership at Newcomb Institute at Tulane University, USA. She is the author of Women Take Their Place in State Legislatures: The Creation of Women’s Caucuses.