Meet the President, 2013 - 2015
Wendy Smooth, Ph.D.
Ph.D.: University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Smooth's research and teaching focus on women’s experiences in political institutions and the impact of public policies on women’s lives. She is currently working on a book entitled, Perceptions of Power and Influence: The Impact of Race and Gender in American State Legislatures, which examines the impact of race and gender on the distribution of power and influence in U.S. state legislatures. Based on this research, she was awarded the Best Dissertation in Women and Politics by the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She is particularly interested in the ways in which institutions preference gender and racial norms through their institutional arrangements, norms, preferences and day to day operating procedures.
In her courses, she addresses various public policies affecting women and girls including work/family and workplace diversity policies; empowerment for women living with HIV/AIDS; violence against women and girls; and welfare reform. Her policy work is informed by her experiences as a senior research and policy associate with the Center for Women Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., which is the oldest feminist research and policy organization in the country. She continues to focus on public policies impacting women and communities of color as a faculty affiliate with the KirwanInstitute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at OSU.