Professor of Political Science,
C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program
Professor Wolbrecht’s research explores the intersections of gender and politics.
Her recent projects examine how women have voted in the 100 years since suffrage, how women engage in local politics and governance, and how women politicians serve as role models for young people.
Professor Wolbrecht’s research demonstrates that women bring distinct, important perspectives to politics and are essential to a robust and flourishing democracy.
“These are challenging times for democracy, both here at home and around the world,” she said. “Notre Dame is rising to this challenge by investing in research and teaching that seeks to understand and address threats to free and fair elections, civil rights and liberties, and a flourishing public sphere. It is both intellectually exciting and personally meaningful to contribute to these efforts to advance the study of democracy.”