Kathryn Pearson is an Associate Professor specializing in American politics; her research focuses on the United States Congress, congressional elections, political parties, and women and politics. Her research has recently appeared in The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender, and she has published several book chapters. Her book titled Party Discipline in the House of Representatives was published in 2015 by the University of Michigan Press. It combines quantitative data analysis and interviews of key elites to examine party leaders' strategic use of their legislative prerogatives to reward loyal party members and punish defectors. It is an extension of her dissertation that won the APSA Legislative Studies Section's Carl Albert Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies. She is working on a new book project, Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives, analyzing congresswomen's pursuit of power in a partisan era. Pearson is a recipient of the Morse Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. In 2002- 2003, Pearson was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and from 1993 to 1998, she worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for two members of Congress. Professor Pearson received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Educational Background & Specialties
Ph.D.: Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2005.
B.A.: Government, Claremont McKenna College, 1993.
Women and Politics
Congressional Elections and Political Behavior
U.S. Political Parties
POL 3308 Congressional Politics and Institutions
POL 3325 U.S. Campaigns & Elections
POL 4737 American Political Parties
POL 8301 American Politics Graduate Core
POL 8312 Legislative Process
POL 8360 Women, Sex, and Gender and American Politics
HSEM Women in the U.S. Congress
HSEM Women, Gender, and American Politics
Research & Professional Activities
Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives, 1989-2014:
Who Represents Me? Race, Gender, Partisanship, and Representation (with Dara Strolovitch and Ashley English):
- Pearson, Kathryn. 2015. Party Discipline in the House of Representatives. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
- Fennelly, Katherine, Kathryn Pearson, and Silvana Hackett. 2015. “The U.S. Congressional Immigration Agenda: Partisan Politics, Policy Stalemate, and Political Posturing.”Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41(9): 1412-1432.
- Pearson, Kathryn, and Eric McGhee. 2013. “What It Takes to Win: Questioning ‘Gender Neutral’ Outcomes in U.S. House Elections, 1984-2010.”Politics & Gender 9(4): 439-462.
- Pearson, Kathryn, and Logan Dancey. 2011. "Speaking for the Underrepresented in the House of Representatives: Voicing Women's Interests in a Partisan Era." Politics & Gender.7(4): 493–519.
- Pearson, Kathryn, and Logan Dancey. 2011. “Elevating Women’s Voice in
Congress: Speech Participation in the House of Representatives.“Political Research
Quarterly 64(4): 910-923.
- Schickler, Eric, Kathryn Pearson, and Brian Feinstein. 2010. “Congressional Parties and
Civil Rights Politics from 1933-1972.“ The Journal of Politics 72(3): 672-689.
- Pearson, Kathryn, and Eric Schickler. 2009. “Discharge Petitions, Agenda Control, and the
Congressional Committee System, 1929-1976.“ The Journal of Politics 71(4): 1238-1256.
- Schickler, Eric, and Kathryn Pearson. 2009. “Agenda Control, Majority Party Power, and the
House Committee on Rules, 1937-65.“ Legislative Studies Quarterly 34(4): 455-491.
- Lawless, Jennifer, and Kathryn Pearson. 2008. “The Primary Reason for Women’s Under-
Representation? Re-Evaluating the Conventional Wisdom.“ The Journal of Politics 70(1):
- Citrin, Jack, Amy Lerman, Michael Murakami, and Kathryn Pearson. 2007. “Testing
Huntington: Is Hispanic Immigration a Threat to American Identity?“ Perspectives on
Politics 5(10): 31-48.
Pearson, Kathryn Lynn. "Demographic Change and the Future of Congress." PS: Political Science and Politics 43 (2010): 235-238.
- McGhee, Eric, and Kathryn Pearson. 2011. “Candidates and Parties in Congressional
Elections: Revisiting Candidate-Centered Conclusions in a Partisan Era.“In Facing the
Challenge of Democracy: Explorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political
Participation, eds. Paul Sniderman and Benjamin Highton. Princeton University Press.
- Pearson, Kathryn, William H. Flanigan, and Nancy H. Zingale. 2010. “Coleman vs. Franken
vs. Barkley in Minnesota's Senate Race. In Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents
Playing Defense in 2008, eds. Randall E. Adkins and David Dulio.
- Pearson, Kathryn, and Eric Schickler. 2009. “The Transition to Democratic Leadership in a
Polarized House.“ In Congress Reconsidered, 9th Edition, eds. Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce
I. Oppenheimer. Washington, DC: CQ Press.
- Pearson, Kathryn. 2008. “Party Loyalty and Discipline in the Individualistic Senate.“ In Why
Not Parties? Party Effects in the United States Senate, eds. Nathan Monroe, David Rohde,
and Jason Roberts. University of Chicago Press.
- Flanigan, William H., Kathryn Pearson, and Nancy Zingale. 2008. “The Minnesota U. S.
Senate Race and the Sixth Congressional District Race. In The Battle for Congress: Iraq,
Scandal and Campaign Finance in the 2006 Elections, eds. David B. Magleby and Kelly D.
Patterson. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
- Lawless, Jennifer L., and Kathryn Pearson. 2008. “Competing in Congressional Primaries.“
In Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead, ed. Beth Reingold. Lynne Reiner.
- Pearson, Kathryn, and Jack Citrin. 2006. “The Political Assimilation of the Fourth Wave.“
In Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation
of Immigrants in the United States, eds. Taeku Lee, Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Ricardo
Ramirez. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
- Schickler, Eric, and Kathryn Pearson. 2005. “The House Leadership in an Era of Partisan
Warfare.“ In Congress Reconsidered, 8th Edition, eds. Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce I.
Oppenheimer. Washington, DC: CQ Press.
Dirksen Congressional Research Award, 2008. “Congresswomen in Pursuit of Power, 1987- 2007.“
Congressional Quarterly Press Award for the best paper on legislative studies presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of APSA, "Discharge Petitions, Agenda Control, and the Congressional Committee System, 1929-1976" (with Eric Schickler)
Heinz Eulau Award, given annually by the APSA for the best article in Perspectives on Politics, for "Testing Huntington: Is Hispanic Immigration a Threat to American Identity," with Jack Citrin, Amy Lerman, and Michael Murakami (March 2007)
Carl Albert Dissertation Award (for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies)
Congressional Quarterly Press Award for "Legislating in Women's Interests," the best paper on legislative studies presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of APSA