PS: Political Science & Politics


Data, Methods, and Theoretical Implications

Rebecca J. Hannagana1, Monica C. Schneidera2 and Jill S. Greenleea3

a1 Northern Illinois University

a2 Miami University, Ohio

a3 Brandeis University

Within the subfields of political psychology and the study of gender, the introduction of new data collection efforts, methodologies, and theoretical approaches are transforming our understandings of these two fields and the places at which they intersect. In this article we present an overview of the research that was presented at a National Science Foundation (NSF) (#SES-1014854) funded conference “New Research on Gender in Political Psychology” at Rutgers University in March 2011. This scholarship represents the expanding questions and approaches that enhance our understanding of gender within political psychology. As a result, we suggest that further innovation is needed with regard to theory and methods to understand better how gender shapes the political attitudes and actions of individuals. Our discussion here covers the use of data, interdisciplinary methods, and intersectionality to study gender. We conclude with thoughts about the theoretical implications of this recent scholarship and the future of political science research on gender.

Rebecca J. Hannagan is assistant professor of political science at Northern Illinois University and can be reached at

Monica C. Schneider is an assistant professor in the department of political science at Miami University, Ohio. She can be reached at

Jill S. Greenlee is an assistant professor of political science at Brandeis University and can be reached at