Kathleen Rogers

Kathleen Rogers

PhD Candidate

Rutgers University

About Me

I am a doctoral candidate in political science at Rutgers University. The primary goal of my research is to examine opportunities for and challenges to women’s political inclusion—both as elected officials and as citizens—in the United States. My teaching experience includes courses such as Introduction to Political Science Research Methods and Law & Politics.

My dissertation provides a new framework for understanding the relationship between women’s political representation and civic engagement through the mechanism of emotions, such as anger, fear, and enthusiasm. With the help of an AAUW American Fellowship, I will complete this research during Fall 2021. I have accepted an APSA Congressional Fellowship with additional research funding from the Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Before Rutgers, I graduated summa cum laude from Muhlenberg College. For my honors thesis, I interviewed women serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly about their experiences running for office and serving in one of the most male-dominated state legislatures. I also worked as a research intern at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and later as an outreach intern in US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office. These experiences intensified my interest in women’s political representation and formed the basis for my research agenda.

I chose to do my graduate training at Rutgers University because of its Women and Politics program, which includes an extensive network of faculty, alumni, and graduate students devoted to the interdisciplinary study of gender and politics. Additionally, my work as a research assistant at the Center for American Women and Politics helped to further develop my research agenda while allowing me to contribute to the Center’s research and programs.


  • US Politics
  • Gender
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Congress
  • Public Policy
  • Political Psychology
  • Emotion/Affect


  • PhD in Political Science, Jan 2022 (expected)

    Rutgers University

  • MA in Political Science, 2018

    Rutgers University

  • Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, 2017

    Rutgers University

  • BA in Political Science, Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, 2014

    Muhlenberg College