Amer­ican Polit­ical Sci­ence Association’s Award Given for Best Pub­lished Book on Women and Politics

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity asso­ciate pro­fessor of soci­ology, Kathrin Zippel, was the co-​​winner of the 2007 Vic­toria Schuck award, given each year from the Amer­ican Polit­ical Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion to the author of the best book pub­lished on women and pol­i­tics. Titled “The Pol­i­tics of Sexual Harass­ment: A Com­par­a­tive Study of the United States, the Euro­pean Union, and Ger­many,” Zippel’s book offers a detailed, nuanced and well-​​researched com­par­a­tive analysis of legal mea­sures against work­place sexual harass­ment on both sides of the Atlantic.

It is a great honor to receive this award,” Zippel said. “As a soci­ol­o­gist, I am par­tic­u­larly proud and pleased about the recog­ni­tion of my work by polit­ical sci­en­tists. This demon­strates the increased impor­tance of doing work across dis­ci­pli­nary bound­aries as pio­neered by the inno­v­a­tive, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research in Women’s and Gender Studies and as illus­trated by the for­ma­tion of the School of Social Sci­ences, Urban Affairs and Public Policy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity,” Zippel said.

The book answers cru­cial ques­tions such as why states and supra­na­tional orga­ni­za­tions have responded to the problem of sexual harass­ment with dif­ferent laws and employer poli­cies, and why the United States was on the fore­front of policy and legal solu­tions. Zippel delves into the politi­ciza­tion of work­place sexual harass­ment in the U.S. and com­pares these dynamics to impor­tant reforms in the Euro­pean Union devised to pre­vent abuse in the workplace.

Zippel has made a stun­ning con­tri­bu­tion to the discipline’s under­standing of sexual inequity, transna­tional pol­i­tics, social move­ments, law and public policy,” said Amy Elman, chair of the 2007 Schuck Com­mittee. “Zippel’s work is a must-​​read for com­par­a­tivists, scholars of EU pol­i­tics, social move­ments, public policy and polit­ical cul­ture,” Elman said.

The award car­ries a prize of $1,000 and was devel­oped to honor Vic­toria Schuck’s life-​​long com­mit­ment to women and pol­i­tics and rec­og­nizes and encour­ages research and pub­li­ca­tion in this field. Schuck took her Ph.D. in 1937 from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity and played a leading role in opening doors for women in the pro­fes­sion. She was not only an out­standing mentor for women, but her ser­vice in senior admin­is­tra­tive roles at Mt. Holyoke and Mount Vernon Col­lege opened doors for future gen­er­a­tions of women leaders.

Zippel was pre­sented the award August 30 at the APSA meet­ings in Chicago.

Zippel will be on sab­bat­ical leave from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity for the 2007/​2008 aca­d­emic year as a Vis­iting Scholar at the Minda de Gun­zburg Center for Euro­pean Studies at Har­vard University.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Jason Korn­witz at 617–373-5471 or j.​kornwitz@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern
Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu