College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Catherine Wineinger

Assistant Professor

PhD, Political Science, Rutgers University
BA, Political Science, University of San Diego

(360) 650-4877

AH 416

M W F 11:30-12:30 p.m. or by appointment

Current Courses

PLSC 250, American Political System (Spring 2021)

PLSC 345, Women in Politics (Fall 2020)

PLSC 423, The American Presidency (Fall 2020)

PLSC 431, Senior Seminar in American Politics (Winter 2021)

Catherine Wineinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research explores political representation at the intersection of gender, race, and partisanship. She teaches courses in American politics, with an emphasis on identity politics and political institutions. Dr. Wineinger is currently on leave as a Visiting Scholar at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Centennial Center in Washington, DC, where she is finishing her book manuscript entitled, Gendering the GOP: Intraparty Politics and Republican Women’s Representation in Congress. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she will be working on Capitol Hill as an APSA Congressional Fellow.

Dr. Wineinger earned her PhD in political science at Rutgers University, where she was also a graduate research assistant at the Center for American Women and Politics. She earned her BA in political science from the University of San Diego. Her research has been supported by the William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship, and the Dirksen Congressional Center. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics and the 2016 WPSA Betty Nesvold Women and Politics Best Paper Award.

Faculty Research Interests

American Politics, Gender Politics, Race & Ethnicity, U.S. Political Institutions

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Wineinger, Catherine. 2019. “How Can a Black Woman Be a Republican? An Intersectional Analysis of Identity Claims in the 2014 Mia Love Campaign.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. Online First.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Thomas, Sue and Catherine Wineinger. “Ambition for Office: Women and Policymaking.” Forthcoming in Good Reasons to Run: Women as Political Candidates. Eds. Rachel Bernhard, Shauna Shames, Mirya R. Holman, and Dawn Teele. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • Wineinger, Catherine. 2018. “Gendering Republican Party Culture” in The Right Women: Republican Party Activists, Candidates, and Legislators. Eds. Malliga Och and Shauna Shames. Colorado: Praeger/ABC-CLIO Press.


Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries 

  • Wineinger, Catherine. 2019. “Polarized Families, Polarized Parties: Contesting Values and Economics and American Politics by Gwendoline M. Alphonso.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. 40(2): 340-342. (Book review)
  • Bystrom, Dianne and Barbara Burrell (Eds.). 2019. Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO Press. Authored entries: Kelly Ayotte, Marsha Blackburn, Concerned Women for America, Nikki Haley, Independent Women’s Forum, Susana Martinez, National Federation of Republican Women, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, She-PAC, War Against Women.


Other Publications

Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • Gender Politics
  • Political Institutions
  • Race and Ethnicity

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