Eileen L. McDonagh

Areas of Study

American Politics, Gender and the Law, American Political Development, Methodology

Selected Publications

  • The Motherless State: Women’s Political Leadership and American Democracy University of Chicago Press, 2009. Winner of the 2010 J. David Greenstone Award for the best book on politics and history, Politics and History Section, American Political Science Association.
  • Playing with the Boys: Why Separate Is Not Equal in Sports. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: From Choice To Consent. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996
  • “It takes a State: A Policy Feedback Model of Women’s Political Representation,” Perspectives on Politics (March 2010).
  • “Citizenship and Women’s Election to Political Office: The Power of Public Policies”, in Women’s Equal Citizenship, edited by Linda McClain and Joanna Grossman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, forthcoming)
  • “Forging a New Grammar of Equality and Difference: Progressive Era Suffrage and Reform”, in Formative Acts: Reckoning with Agency in American Politics edited by Stephen Skowronek and Matt Glassman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007)
  • “The Next Step After Roe: Using Fundamental Rights, Equal Protection Analysis to Nullify Restrictive State-Level Abortion Legislation”, Emory Law Review (2007) 56:4, 1173-1214
  • “Political Citizenship and Democratization: The Gender Paradox”, American Political Science Review, 96:3, 535-552 (September 2002)
  • “Democratization and Political Inclusion: The Case of Women Leaders”, Harvard International Law Review (Fall 1999)
  • “Race, Class, and Gender in the Progressive Era: Restructuring State and Society”, in Sidney Milkis and Jerome Mileur (eds) Progressivism, Then and Now. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998
  • “From Choice to Consent in the Abortion Debate” in John Brigham (ed) States, Citizens, and Questions of Significance: Proceedings of the Tenth Roundtable on Law and Semiotics. New York: Lang, 1998
  • “Breaking the Abortion Deadlock?: Twenty-five Years After Roe”, A Roundtable Discussion with Eileen McDonagh, Patricia Ireland, Karen O’Connor, and Robin West, Studies in American Political Development (1998)
  • “The Eclectic Center of the New Institutionalism: Azxes of Analysis in Comparative Perspective”. Social Science History 19:4 (Winter 1995) (co-authored with Philip Ethington)


  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2009-2010.
  • Research Fellowship, American Association of University Women (AAUW), two year grant for research on American political development, democratization, and women’s political leadership, 2004-2006
  • Scholar-in-Residence (see above), CCNY/CUNY, Department of Political Science, Women’s Studies Program, 2004-2006

Selected Professional Activities

  • Recipient of Mentor Award, Women’s Caucus, American Political Science Association, 2008: For Mentoring graduate students and assistant professors.
  • Visiting Scholar and/or Associate, Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University, 2005 to present.
  • Fellow, Murray Research Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 1999-2001
  • Council, American Political Science Association, 1998-2000
  • President, Women and Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 1999-2000
  • Executive Council, Politics and History Section, American Political Science Association, 1997-1998
  • Editorial Board, Social Science History, Social Politics, Polity

Courses Taught

  • Women and Politics
  • American Political Development
  • Quantitative Methods