Danielle ThomsenWelcome! I am a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. I was previously an Assistant Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

My research interests include American politics, U.S. Congress, political parties, and gender and politics. My book, Opting Out of Congress: Partisan Polarization and the Decline of Moderate Candidates, examines the rise of partisan polarization in Congress. The central argument is that the benefits of serving in Congress today are too low for moderates to run, further exacerbating the ideological gulf between the two parties.

Another aspect of my research analyzes contemporary patterns of women’s representation and why the number of Democratic women in Congress has 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, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, and State Politics & Policy Quarterly. I have received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Dirksen Congressional Center, and the Social Science Research Council.

 

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