Kelly Dittmar

Kelly Dittmar
Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
Assistant Research Professor
New Brunswick, NJ

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Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Research Professor at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.  She has authored research reports on money, gender and politics, the status…

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Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Research Professor at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.  She has authored research reports on money, gender and politics, the status of Black women in American politics, and the unique challenges facing Republican women candidates.

Her forthcoming book, Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns, draws upon a survey of and interviews with candidates and campaign operatives to investigate the ways in which gender informs candidate presentation and campaign decision-making. She has published multiple book chapters focusing on gender and political campaigns and serves on the editorial board for Politics and Gender.  

Dittmar has appeared on Melissa Harris Perry, Huffington Post Live, Ohio Public Radio, and Illinois Public Radio. She has been quoted by multiple news outlets and has contributed to Feministing.com and e-International Relations. She is also the primary contributor to CAWP’s footnotes blog.

At CAWP, Dittmar manages national research projects, helps to develop and implement CAWP’s research agenda, and contributes to CAWP reports, publications, and analyses. She also works with CAWP’s programs for women’s public leadership, assisting with program development, implementation, and marketing.

From 2011 to 2012, Dittmar was an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), where she served as a legislative aide on education, labor, social welfare, and women’s issues. She previously worked as a Federal Legislative Assistant for Governor Jennifer Granholm (MI).

Dittmar has a Ph.D. in Political Science, with an emphasis on women and politics, from Rutgers University. She received her BA from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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