Democracy is More Important than a P-Value: Embracing Political Science’s Civic Mission through Intersectional Engaged Learning​

Friday, February 7, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.​ 

Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger

(PhD, Indiana University, 2005) 

Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger is associate dean for research, personnel, and graduate programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a professor in the department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. Her research and publications focus on social movements, political contention and political institutions, mainly in Western Europe.

The author of five books and dozens of articles, book chapters and reports, her recent work is situated in two strains of inquiry, gender and political violence and gender and political ambition. She has most recently published Why Don’t Women Rule the World: Understanding Women’s Civic and Political Choices and American Difference:  A Guide to American Politics from a Comparative Perspective both with CQ-Sage Press as well as Gender and Political Violence: Women Changing the Politics of Terrorism with Springer Press. She was a Distinguished Fulbright Fellow at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria and has served as a consultant for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She also taught at University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. She served as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Women’s Caucus for the Midwest Political Science Association. Lori is a Kettering Foundation Fellow and also serves as vice president of a school board and president of a 2000-member nonprofit board in Flagstaff, Arizona.

J. Cherie Strachan

(PhD, State SUNY Albany, 2000)

J. Cherie Strachan is a Professor of Political Science at Central Michigan University and the author of High-Tech Grassroots: The Professionalization of Local Elections, as well as over 30 reviewed and invited articles and book chapters. Strachan’s most recent publications address her concern over low levels of political engagement among specific demographic groups – particularly women and young people. These include the co-authored CQ-Sage textbook, Why Don’t Women Rule the World, and a forthcoming youth-focused political behavior textbook.

Strachan’s research addresses partisan polarization, political civility, and civic engagement pedagogy – especially opportunities for political learning in deliberative forums and in campus student organizations. She currently serves as the review editor for the Journal of Political Science Education and is the co-founder and co-director of the Consortium for Inter-Campus SoTL Research (CISR).  With over 200-member campuses and an advisory board composed of prominent teacher-scholars in political science, CISR facilitates multi-campus data collection to assess campus-wide civic engagement initiatives and political science pedagogy. She can be reached at