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Beth ReingoldProfessor & Director of Graduate Admissions and Placement


  • 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 first book, Representing Women: Sex, Gender, and Legislative Behavior in Arizona and California won the 2023 Mac Jewell Enduring Contribution Book Award, given by the APSA State Politics & Policy Section. 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.


Politics of Race and Gender | Intersectionality | Identity Politics & Representation in the U.S. | Research Design

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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.