Scholars discuss gender, politics at ASU conference

women sitting around a large table at a conference

On April 10, more than 10 academic professionals headed to Tempe, Ariz. for the School of Politics and Global Studies' inaugural Working Group Conference on Women, Media and Politics: A Comparative Perspective.

The following day, the group was joined by faculty and graduate students of the school in order to discuss papers presented on various topics that examined gender and politics. Topics of presentations ranged from gender stereotypes in campaigns and media coverage, to gender responses to negative news, to media coverage of political daughters running for office.

Kim Fridkin, professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies, was instrumental in planning the conference and choosing prominent scholars from all over the world who could speak about the topic. Visitors joined from as far as Canada and Peru.

The conference was started after a call for working groups from school director Cameron Thies. The school has a group of women and politics scholars that have been co-authoring together in different subgroups, and it became the perfect opportunity to educate and publicize all of the great scholars at ASU studying the particular topic.

"My favorite part of the conference was showcasing ASU's talent and learning about the exciting research being done across the world about women, media and politics," says Fridkin.

People who would like to read the papers that were presented can keep an eye out for revised versions published in the premier outlet for women and politics research, the journal Politics and Gender.

Erica May,
School of Politics and Global Studies