Danielle ThomsenWelcome!  I am an Assistant Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. I received my Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2014, and I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program (PIPC) at Duke University last year.

My research interests include American politics, political parties, U.S. Congress, and gender and politics.  I am currently working on a book manuscript that examines three broad questions in American politics: First, why does partisan polarization persist in Congress?  Second, why do some individuals run for office and others do not?  And third, 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 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. This year I received the E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American politics.