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Shedding light on an emerging discipline

Baldez edits new journal, bringing cutting-edge thinking to the classroom

Lisa Baldez, Associate Professor of Government and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, is editor of a new scholarly journal, Politics & Gender. Published quarterly by Cambridge University Press, Politics & Gender is the official journal of the Women and Politics research section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The journal debuted in September.

Lisa Baldez
Lisa Baldez

"Our goal is to publish the very best work across the subfields of political science that focuses on gender and politics," explained Baldez, whose own research and teaching focuses on Latin American politics, gender and social movements. "This work has really come of age in political science-there is so much good research being done in this area that we needed another avenue to publish it."

Baldez's students enjoy the benefits of her work as a leader in this growing field. "As editor of this journal, I'm on top of all the cutting-edge research in the field of gender and politics. Whatever I'm reading that week, I bring right to my students," she said. The students in her fall class, "Gender Politics in Latin America," are writing a paper assessing the four "Critical Perspectives" essays from the first issue, which focus on the use of gender as a category of analysis within political science.

The response from Baldez's colleagues is enthusiastic. "People are excited about the journal. We received over 150 article submissions in our first year, which is a very high rate for a new scholarly publication. We are getting excellent manuscripts on American politics, comparative politics, feminist theory and international relations," she said. In addition to four scholarly articles, each issue of Politics & Gender includes book reviews and "Critical Perspectives," a forum for academics to debate current issues and methodological concerns.

Baldez looks forward to getting Dartmouth faculty and students involved with the journal. The Dartmouth Center for Women and Gender will be hosting a reception to celebrate the launch later this fall. (Contact Alysondra Duke at 646-1641 for more information.)

Baldez came to Dartmouth in 2003 and began working on the first issue of Politics & Gender in January 2004, assisted by Co-Editor Karen Beckwith of the College of Wooster. Editing a start-up journal is a significant commitment, but Baldez insists that the effort is paying off. "For me, as a recently tenured faculty member, this is a way to help younger scholars and have a hand in shaping what the future of this discipline will look like."

Politics & Gender is available in both print and online versions. For free access to this first issue, as well as information about submissions and subscriptions, click here.

By SARAH BENELLI

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Last Updated: 12/17/08