Dara Strolovitch

Dara Strolovitch is an American political scientist, currently a professor of gender and sexuality studies, African American studies, and political science at Princeton University. She studies the politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the context of intersectional societal inequality, and the representation of those who are marginalized in multiple overlapping ways.

Dara Strolovitch
Dara Strolovitch in 2011 at the Miller Centre (cropped).jpg
Dara Strolovitch in 2011 at the Miller Centre
Alma mater
  • Mansbridge Award
  • Outstanding Career Award, MPSA Women's Caucus
Scientific career

Education and early careerEdit

Strolovitch attended Vassar College, earning a BA in political science with a minor in women's studies in 1992.[1] She attended Yale University for graduate school, earning an MA in political science in 1998, an MPhil in political science in 2002, and a PhD in political science also in 2002.[1] Between 2000 and 2001, she was a research fellow at The Brookings Institution.[1] In 2001, Strolovitch became a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, before moving to Princeton University in 2013.[1] She has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Stanford University, and The Russell Sage Foundation.[1]


Strolovitch's first book, published in 2007, is called Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics.[2] Strolovitch uses a survey and interviews to study the political representation of interest groups, with a theory of interest group effectiveness that builds on the idea of intersectionality.[3] The findings of the book include evidence that already advantaged groups are better represented by interest group politics than disadvantaged groups are, and that often interest groups focus more on the legislative and executive branches of the US government than they do on the judicial branch.[3] In reviewing the book, Bryan D. Jones wrote that "the empiricism is as strong or stronger than the best of the existing interest group studies".[3] Affirmative Advocacy received multiple awards from caucuses of the American Political Science Association,[4] as well as an award from the American Sociological Association,[5] and excerpts have been used in American politics textbooks.[6]

Strolovitch also co-edited the CQ Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying with Burdett Loomis and Peter Francia, and she has a forthcoming book called When Bad Things Happen to Privileged People: Race, Gender, and the Political Construction of Crisis & Non-Crisis.[1][7]

Strolovitch is a member of the 2020-2024 editorial leadership of the American Political Science Review,[8][9] which is the most selective political science journal.[10] She was also a founding associate editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.[2]

Strolovitch has written and been cited extensively in media outlets like The Washington Post,[11][12] Vox,[13] Mic,[14] and Glamour.[15]

Selected worksEdit

  • "Defended Neighborhoods, Integration, and Racially Motivated Crime", American Journal of Sociology, 1998. With Donald P. Green and Janelle S. Wong
  • "Do Interest Groups Represent the Disadvantaged? Advocacy at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender", The Journal of Politics. 2006
  • Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics. 2007
  • When Bad Things Happen to Privileged People: Race, Gender, and the Political Construction of Crisis & Non-Crisis. Forthcoming as of January 2020

Selected awardsEdit

  • 2010 Best Paper Award, APSA section on Political Organizations and Parties[1]
  • 2016 Mansbridge Award, National Women's Caucus for Political Science[2]
  • 2018 Outstanding Career Award, Midwest Political Science Association Women's Caucus[2][16]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Dara Z. Strolovitch Profile". Princeton University. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Meet 2020 APSR Editor, Dara Z. Strolovitch of Princeton University". Political Science Now. American Political Science Association. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Jones, Bryan D (2009). "Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics". Perspectives on Politics. 7 (3): 631–633. doi:10.1017/S1537592709990090.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Larry. "Gladys M. Kammerer Award Winners". Minnesota State University Moorhead.
  5. ^ "The Section on Race, Gender, and Class' Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award". American Sociological Association. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ Kollman, Ken (2010). Readings in American Politics. WW Norton.
  7. ^ "Dara Strolovitch". Russell Sage Foundation. 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  8. ^ "APSA Announces the New Editorial Team for the American Political Science Review". American Political Science Association. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  9. ^ Marshall, Jenna (26 July 2019). "Righting the balance: New APSR editors meet at SFI to discuss gender and race in scientific publishing". Santa Fe Institute. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Cutting-Edge Research Agenda". University of Tennessee Knoxville. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  11. ^ Brown, Nadia E.; Michelson, Melissa R.; Sharrow, Libby; Strolovitch, Dara (4 March 2019). "Virginia Democrats' political problems show us why intersectionality is so important". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  12. ^ Goldstein, Gaby (2 May 2019). "Flipping Virginia blue can be done. But it won't be easy". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  13. ^ Sharrow, Elizabeth A.; Heaney, Michael T. (18 July 2016). "Democrats and Republicans are as divided about gender discrimination as they are about everything else". Vox. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  14. ^ Moore, Darnell L. (24 August 2015). "What Happens When You Lose Your People: Hurricane Katrina Revisited 10 Years Later". Mic. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  15. ^ Katz, Celeste (12 November 2018). "This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020". Glamour. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  16. ^ "MWCPS Awards". Midwest Political Science Association. 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2020.