Christina Wolbrecht



Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


Director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy


American Politics


B.A., Pacific Lutheran University

M.A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Research and Teaching Interests

American politics, political parties, women and politics, American political development, agenda-setting and issue framing

Advising Specialties

Ph.D. programs


Christina Wolbrecht is associate professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. She is the co-author, with J. Kevin Corder, of Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal (Cambridge, 2016), which uses new data and novel methods to provide insight into whether, how, and with what consequences women cast their ballots in the first five presidential elections following suffrage. She also is the  author of The Politics of Women's Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (Princeton, 2000), which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the APSA. Wolbrecht has authored or co-authored articles on such topics as women as political role models, the representation of women, and partisan position-taking on education policy, and co-edited books on the American political parties, women as political actors, and democratic inclusion. She is currently co-authoring a book, A Century of Votes for Women, which examines the first 100 years of women as voters in American politics.

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Contact Information

Office: 442 Decio
Phone: 574-631-3836
Fax: 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Wolbrecht CV