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Professor and author Susan J. Carroll to speak at Vanderbilt University Sept. 22

Sep. 16, 2008, 3:08 PM

Susan J. Carroll, professor of political science at Rutgers University, will present a lecture on Monday, Sept. 22, at 4:10 p.m. in Room 118 of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University.

She will discuss "Gender and Hillary Clinton’s Campaign: The Good, the Bad, and the Misogynic." The lecture, co-sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Communications Studies Department, is free and open to the public.

As senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), she 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. Carroll is a founder and former president of the Organized Section for Women and Politics Research of the American Political Science Association, and she 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.

Carroll has published numerous books on the topic of women and politics including Women as Candidates in American Politics (Indiana, Second Edition, 1994); editor of The Impact of Women in Public Office (Indiana, 2001); Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (Oxford, 2003); and co-editor of Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Carroll’s lecture is the first of four lectures in the "Realities and Representations: The 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign." The series brings to Vanderbilt’s campus several leading scholars and critics to reflect upon the historic nature of the presidential race, as well as to examine the ways in which mass media are shaping our national response to the campaign.

The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities promotes interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities, social sciences, and, when appropriate, natural sciences. Members of the Vanderbilt community representing a wide variety of specializations take part in the Warren Center’s programs. The work of the Warren Center strengthens the place of the humanities not only at Vanderbilt University but also within the larger society in which we live. For more information about the Warren Center, visit

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