Danielle ThomsenWelcome!  I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at Duke University.  I received my Ph.D. from Cornell University in May 2014.  My research interests include American politics, political parties, U.S. Congress, and gender and politics.  My dissertation examines two pressing questions in American politics: First, why does partisan polarization persist in Congress?  Second, why has the percentage of Democratic women in Congress increased dramatically since the 1980s while the number of Republican women has barely grown?

My research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics and Legislative Studies Quarterly.  I have received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the Dirksen Congressional Center.