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Candice Ortbals

Professor of Political Science
Social Science Division, Seaver College
APC 220


  • PhD in Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2004
  • MA in Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2000
  • BA in Political Science, History, and Spanish, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas, 1997, Summa Cum Laude


  • Why Don't Women Rule the World? Understanding Women's Civic and Political Choices, CQ Press. (2019, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger, J. Cherie Strachan, and Shannon Jenkins)
  • Gender and Political Violence: Women Changing the Politics of Terrorism, Springer-Verlag. (March 2018, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger)
  • "How Gender Intersects with Political Violence and Terrorism." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, accepted for publication and to be published in 2017.
  • Terrorism and Women: A Gender Analysis of Perpetrators, Responders and the Public, book manuscript under contract with Springer-Verlag (forthcoming, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger)
  • Terrorism and Violent Conflict: Women's Agency, Leadership, and Responses, Springer-Verlag (with Lori Poloni-Staudinger)
  • "Women Policymakers Framing their Leadership and Lives in Relation to Terrorism: The Basque Case." Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 37(2): 121-144. (2015, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger)
  • "Women Defining Terrorism: Ethnonationalist, State, and Intimate Terrorism." Critical Studies on Terrorism 7(3): 336-356. (2014, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger)
  • "The Domestic Determinants of Transnational Activity: An Examination of Women's Groups in the United Kingdom, France and Germany," International Studies Quarterly (2013, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger)
  • "Gendering Abbottabad: Agency and Hegemonic Masculinity in an Age of Global Terrorism." Gender Issues 31(1): 34-57. (2014, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger)
  • "Politics Closer to Home: The Impact of Subnational Institutions on Women in Politics," Publius: The Journal of Federalism 42(1): 78-10. (2012, with Meg E. Rincker and Celeste Montoya)
  • "Gendered Opportunities? Political Opportunities and Activity Choice Among Women's Movements in the UK, France, and Germany." Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest 10(1): 55-79. (2011, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger)
  • "The Potential of Local Women's Associations in Andalusia: Pursuing Culture, Enriching Lives, and Constructing Equality," South European Society and Politics 15(2): 203-223. (2010)
  • "Embodied Researchers: Gender, Research Activity, and Pregnancy in the Field." PS: Political Science and Politics 42(2): 315-319 (April 2009, with Meg E. Rincker)
  • "Fieldwork, Identities and Intersectionality: Negotiating Gender, Race, Class, Religion, Nationality, and Age in the Research Field Abroad." PS: Political Science and Politics 42(2): 287-290 (April 2009, guest editor introduction with Meg E. Rincker)
  • "Leaders or Laggards: Engendering Regional Governance in Spain and Poland." Democratization 16(2): 269-297 (April 2009, with Meg E. Rincker)
  • "Subnational Politics in Spain: New Avenues for Women's Activism and Policymaking." Politics & Gender 4(1): 93-119 (March 2008)
  • "Subnational Governance in Europe: Engaging Students with the Spanish Sub-state." PS: Political Science and Politics 40(4): 711-715 (October 2007)
  • "Jumbled Women's Activism: Subnational And International Influences On Galician Equality Politics." International Feminist Journal of Politics 9(3): 359-378 (September 2007)
  • President of the American Political Science Association's National Women's Caucus for Political Science (2011-2012)
  • President of the Midwest Political Science Association's Women's Caucus (2010-2011)
  • Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics (with Meg E. Rincker)
  • Rita Mae Kelly Endowment Fellowship, American Political Science Association (with Meg E. Rincker)


  • Comparative Politics: gender & politics, terrorism & violent conflict, prostitution, comparative methods, social movements, local politics, democratization, Spanish and Latin American women's movements, Spanish politics.
  • Gender Studies: feminist theory, women and religion, feminist ethnography.
  • Research Team Full Member, Spain, Research Network on Gender Politics and the State (Rings), 2003-present.


  • Women and Politics
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Government and Politics of Latin America
  • Politics of Revolution and Protest
  • American People and Politics