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Award-Winning Scholar To Speak At Southwestern

Why are women and men sorted into different domains of life and why, even when they share an arena, does the rule of “the higher the fewer” seem to apply to women, even when women outnumber men in the arena as a whole?

 Virginia Sapiro, noted scholar, recipient of numerous awards and author of several books, will speak at Southwestern University on Monday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer. Her talk, “Through a Glass Ceiling Darkly: Developments in the Political Psychology of Gender Stratification,” will probe research in political psychology to understand the forces that might affect the choices gatekeepers make, sometimes despite their best intentions.

Sapiro is the Sophonisba P. Breckinridge Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin and is the vice chancellor for teaching and learning. She received her Ph.D. in 1976 at the University of Michigan. Her research interests have spanned widely over her career, including the areas of political psychology; political behavior; U.S. politics; political history; feminist and democratic theory; the design and philosophy of social science research; and the state of women’s studies and its contributions to social science. She has held many leadership positions at UW-Madison, other institutions, and in professional organizations throughout her career, including serving as secretary and vice president of the American Political Association and as the founding president of the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Women’s and Politics Research.

In 1991, Sapiro joined the National Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies (NES) and, as Principal Investigator of NES, participated in the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, a federation of the national election studies of approximately 50 electoral democracies around the world. One of Sapiro’s current major research projects explores the history of political action in the United States.

Sponsored by the Theta of Texas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Sapiro’s visit is a part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program, which contributes to the intellectual life of the campus and community by facilitating and exchanging ideas among visiting scholars, students and faculty members. For more information contact Suzanne Buchele at (512) 863-1361.