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Beth ReingoldProfessor


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1992
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986
  • B.A., Rice University, 1985


Beth Reingold is Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and her BA in Political Science and History from Rice University. Her work engages questions about the complex relationships between gender, race/ethnicity, and political representation, primarily in and around legislative institutions in the U.S. states. Her most recent book, Race, Gender, and Political Representation: Toward a More Intersectional Approach, is co-authored with Kerry Haynie (Duke University) and Kirsten Widner (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and won the 2021 Richard Fenno, Jr. Prize for the best book in Legislative Studies. It examines how gender and race interact to affect the election, behavior, and impact of individual state legislators and demonstrates how intersectionality, as a critical epistemology, compels us to re-evaluate the entire study of gender, race, and representation. Prof. Reingold’s current research focuses more intently on questions about legislative power and influence. It seeks to understand whether and how members of marginalized groups attain institutional power and how the institutions, norms, and processes that effect legislative power are themselves raced and/or gendered. With Irene Browne (Emory University, Department of Sociology), she is also working on an NSF-funded project on Black elites and the politics of immigration in the American states. 

Select Publications

2021    Beth Reingold, Kerry L. Haynie, and Kirsten Widner. Race, Gender, and Political Representation: Toward a More Intersectional Approach. Oxford University Press.  


2021    Beth Reingold, Rebecca J. Kreitzer, Tracy Osborn, and Michele L. Swers. “Anti-abortion Policymaking and Women’s Representation.” Political Research Quarterly 74(2): 403-420. 


2020    Beth Reingold, Kirsten Widner, and Rachel Harmon. “Legislating at the Intersections: Race, Gender, and Representation.” Political Research Quarterly 73(4): 819-833. 


2018    Irene Browne, Beth Reingold, and Anne Kronberg. “Race Relations, Black Elites and Immigration Politics: Conflict, Commonalities, and Context.” Social Forces 96(4): 1691-1720. 


2012    Beth Reingold and Adrienne R. Smith. “Welfare Policymaking and Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in U.S. State Legislatures.” American Journal of Political Science 56(1): 131-47. 


2010    Beth Reingold and Jessica Harrell. “The Impact of Descriptive Representation on Women’s Political Engagement: Does Party Matter?” Political Research Quarterly 63(2): 280-294. 


2000    Beth Reingold. Representing Women: Sex, Gender and Legislative Behavior in Arizona and California. University of North Carolina Press.