KIMBERLY COWELL-MEYERS

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KIMBERLY COWELL-MEYERS
Government Dept, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016
[email protected]
EDUCATION
M.A., Ph.D in Political Science from American University, Washington, DC
May 1998
Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, American Politics, Political Anthropology
Dissertation: ‘The Party Faithful: Religion and Politics in Late Nineteenth Century Ireland and Germany’
B.A. in Government and Studio Art from Smith College, Northampton, MA
May 1991
TEACHING and RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Assistant Professor, American University (affiliated faculty with the Women &
Politics Institute)
Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Advancement of Women into Politics, Queen’s
University, Belfast
2004-2012
2009
Assistant Professor, Christopher Newport University
2001-2004
Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
2000-2001
Assistant Professor, American University
1998-2000
Senior Fellow, Ireland Leadership Program, American University
1999-2000
Instructor, American University
1994-1996
Assistant Director, Drew University Washington Semester Program
1994-2001
PUBLICATIONS
Monographs
Religion and Politics in the Nineteenth Century: The Party Faithful in Ireland and
Germany, Greenwood Publishing Group, 160pp. ISBN: 0275971856
Journal Articles
‘Measuring Women-Friendly Public Policy in the American States,’ with Laura
Langbein, Women, Politics & Public Policy
‘A Collarette on a Donkey: The Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and the Limits of
Contagion Theory,’ Political Studies, vol. 59, no. 2: 411-431.
‘Linking Women’s Descriptive and Substantive Representation in the American States,’
with Laura Langbein, Politics & Gender
‘Sheer Numbers: Critical Representation Thresholds and Women’s Political
Representation,’ with Karen Beckwith, Perspectives on Politics, vol. 5, no. 3: 553565
‘Teaching Politics Using Antigone’ PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 39, no. 2:
347-349
‘Women in Northern Ireland Politics: Gender and the Politics of Peace-Building in the
New Legislative Assembly,’ Irish Political Studies, vol. 18, no. 1: 72-96
‘Gender, Power and Peace: A Preliminary Look at Women in the Northern Ireland
Assembly,’ Women & Politics, vol. 23, no. 3: 55-88
‘Human Rights as Conflict Management: The Unionist Use of Human Rights Language
in Northern Ireland,’ with David Cowell, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol. 5,
no. 1: 1-28
Commissioned Publications
‘Women Legislators in Northern Ireland: Gender and Politics in the New Legislative
Assembly,’ Occasional Paper #3, Centre for the Advancement of Women into
Politics, Queen’s University, Belfast
‘Problems in Interviewing Northern Ireland Legislators,’ British Politics Group
Newsletter, American Political Science Association, vol. 106
12 entries in the Encyclopedia Britannica on paramilitaries, people, and parties in
2002
Forthcoming 2012
July 2011
December 2009
September 2007
April 2006
Summer 2003
2001
Spring 1999
February 2003
Fall 2001
2000
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Northern Ireland
‘Northern Ireland,’ State of World Conflict Report, 1997-1998: A Publication of the
International Mediation Network, The Carter Center
Book Reviews
Bruce F. Norton, Politics in Britain, Book Review, Journal of Political Science
Education, vol. 4, no. 2: 260-261
Roger Swift and Christine Kinealy, eds. Politics and Power in Victorian Ireland,
Journal of British Studies, vol. 47, no. 1: 226-227
David Bloomfield, Developing Dialogue in Northern Ireland: The Mayhew Talks,
1992, Book Review British Politics Group Newsletter, American Political Science
Association
David Fitzpatrick, Two Irelands, Book Review, British Politics Group Newsletter,
American Political Science Association, vol. 98
Thomas Hennessey, A History of Northern Ireland, Book Review, British Politics
Group Newsletter, American Political Science Association, vol. 95
Stathis Kalyvas, The Rise of Christian Democracy in Western Europe, Book Review
Catholic Historical Review, vol. 84, no. 1
CONFERENCE PAPERS
‘Social Movements into Political Parties: How the Women’s Movement in Northern
Ireland Used a Political Party to Gain Access,' European Consortium for Political
Research, Reykjavik, Iceland
‘A Collarette on a Donkey: The Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and the Limits of
Contagion Theory,’ American Political Science Association Annual Conference,
Washington, DC
‘The Impact of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition on Other Parties in the System:
Developing Contagion Theory to Explain Party Change,’ Midwest Political
Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
‘Linking Women’s Descriptive and Substantive Representation in the American
States,’ with Laura Langbein, State Politics and Policy Conference, Chapel Hill,
NC
‘Transforming Armed Conflict: The Moderation of Political Violence in Four Cases,’
with Catherine Warrick, Midwest Political Science Association Annual
Conference, Chicago, IL
‘Moderating Political Violence or How Groups Learn to Stop Loving the Bomb,’ with
Catherine Warrick, American Political Science Association Annual Conference,
Boston, MA
‘Linking Women’s Descriptive and Substantive Representation in the American States,’
with Laura Langbein, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference,
Chicago, IL
‘In Search of Women’s Policy,’ with Laura Langbein, American Political Science
Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA
‘The Impact of Women’s Organizations on Policy in the US States,’ Midwest Political
Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
‘Deconstructing Women's Policy in the US States,’ with Laura Langbein, Women &
Political Leadership Research Conference, Women & Politics Institute, American
University
‘Sheer Numbers,’ with Karen Beckwith, American Political Science Association
Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA
‘Presidential Leadership of Mass Public Opinion: Presidential Inaugural Addresses from
1896-2000,’ with Quentin Kidd, American Political Science Association Annual
Conference, Philadelphia, PA
‘Women in Peace Building in Northern Ireland: The Effects of Gender in the New
Legislative Assembly,’ ESRC Seminar, “Women in Parliament: Influencing
Change?”, Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics, Queen’s University,
Belfast
‘Women Waging Peace: The Effects of Gender in the New Legislative Assembly in
Northern Ireland,’ American Political Science Association Annual Conference, San
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1999
May-August 2008
January 2008
Winter 2002
Winter 2000
Winter 1999
Jan. 1998
August 2011
September 2010
April 2010
May 2009
April 2009
August 2008
April 2008
August 2006
21 April 2006
8 April 2006
29 Aug. 2003
28 Aug. 2003
27 Oct. 2001
31 Aug. 2001
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Francisco, CA
‘Gender, Power and Peace,’ Ireland in America Conference, Caspersen School of
Graduate Studies, Drew University, Madison, NJ
‘The Ghost of Good Friday Past: The Belfast Agreement One Year On,’ with David
Cowell, American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA
‘The Party Faithful: Religious Mobilization and Political Conflict,’ International Studies
Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC
‘Northern Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: The Evolution of
Consensus,’ with David Cowell, American Political Science Association Annual
Conference, Boston, MA
‘Changing Options for Minority Groups in the Post-Westphalian System,’ with David
Cowell, International Studies Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN
‘Dilemmas in Peace-Making: The Anglo-Irish Conflict,’ Capital Area Association of
Peace Studies Conference, Washington, DC
CONFERENCE SERVICE
Discussant, ‘Do Men and Women Act Differently on Legislatures?’ Midwest Political
Science Association Annual Conference
Discussant, Research Methods section, APSA Teaching and Learning Conference,
Baltimore, MD
Discussant and Chair, ‘Comparative Perspectives on Women's Substantive
Representation,’ Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference
Panelist, ‘Religion and Politics,’ Women in International Security Annual Conference,
Washington, DC
Discussant, ‘Gendered Politics Around the World,’ Midwest Political Science
Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
Briefer, ‘Federalism in the US States and the Idea of Democracy in America,’ Russian
Women Leaders Program, Open World Leadership Program, American University
Participant, ‘Frontiers of Women and Political Research Miniconference’ of the Women
& Politics section, American Political Science Association
Discussant, “Reshaping the British State: Institutions, Identities, and Policies since
Devolution,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Boston,
MA
Invited Participant, ‘Women Waging Peace,’ International Research Symposium,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
JOURNALISM AND COMMENTARY
Interviewed on camera for Danish National News, discussing the congressional and
presidential election results in the U.S.
‘Northern Ireland’s Critical Moment,’ Christian Science Monitor, Opinion Essay
Interviewed for “Seven Days,” BBC–Northern Ireland (1-hour live radio program)
Interviewed on camera by David Eades, BBC– Northern Ireland
Interviewed (background) by C. M. Lanzolotti, Columbia News Service
Interviewed on camera by David Borgida, Voice of America
‘Talking Peace in Northern Ireland,’ Christian Science Monitor, Opinion Essay
‘Update on Northern Ireland,’ Close-Up with David Inge, WILL Radio, (1 hour call-in
program)
‘Unionist Intransigence and Violence in Northern Ireland,’ Christian Science Monitor,
Opinion Essay
‘How Peace Grows Despite Ulster Stalemate,’ Christian Science Monitor, Opinion
Essay
‘Perspective on Northern Ireland: Don't Rush In and Tip the Scales,’ Los Angeles Times
Commentary
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Editorial Board: Politics & Gender
Manuscript Referee: American Politics Research, Political Studies, Politics & Policy,
Politics & Gender, Women, Politics and Public Policy, Women & Politics
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13 March 2001
5 Sept. 1999
16 Feb. 1999
6 Sept. 1998
19 March 1998
21 Feb. 1998
April 2010
February 2009
April 2008
June 2007
20 April 2006
July 2007, Dec. 2005
Aug. 2005
29 Aug. 2002
10-12 Nov. 2000
5 Nov. 2004
4 Oct. 2000
19 March 2000
23 Feb. 2000
14 and 17 Feb. 2000
30 Nov. 1999
14 Jan. 1998
24 July 1996
15 March 1996
7 Sept. 1995
13 Sept. 1994
2010-2012
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Reviewer: Journal of British Studies, Journal of Political Science Education, British
Politics Group Newsletter
Award Committee: Best Paper in Women and Politics, American Political Science
Association, Women & Politics section
Membership in Professional Organizations and Honor Societies
 American Political Science Association, 1991-present, Women & Politics
Research section, Comparative Politics section, British Politics Group
 Midwest Political Science Association, 2005-present
 International Studies Association, 1998-present
 Pi Sigma Alpha, 2002-present
Guest Lecturer
 ‘Evaluating Student Work: Reducing Your Anxiety and Theirs, A Reprise,’ with
Lynn Stallings and John Hyman, Center for Teaching, Research and Learning,
Teaching and Technology Workshop
 ‘Grading Class Participation,’ with Betsy Cohn, Ann Ferren Teaching Conference
 ‘Evaluating Student Work: Reducing Your Anxiety and Theirs,’ with Lynn
Stallings and John Hyman, Ann Ferren Teaching Conference
 ‘A Collarette on a Donkey: The Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and the
Limits of Contagion Theory,’ Department of Government Research Seminar
Series
 ‘Sheer Numbers: Being Critical of Critical Mass Theory,’ Women & Politics
brown bag lunch series, Women & Politics Institute, American University
 ‘Antigone’ First Friday Panel of the American University Dept. of Performing
Arts’ Production of ‘Antigone,’ subsequently quoted in Spyros Payiatakis in
“Letter from Washington DC: Antigone goes to America,” Kathinerini/Herald
Tribune Feb. 7th, 2005
 ‘Teaching Politics Using Antigone,’ English Department brown bag lunch series,
Christopher Newport University
University Service
 Member, General Education Policy Committee, American University
 Member, Educational Policy Committee, School of Public Affairs, American
University
 Member, Ann Ferren Teaching Conference Planning Committee, American
University
 Faculty Advisor, Clocks and Clouds, undergraduate public affairs research journal,
American University
 Member, Political Theory Search Committee, Dept. of Govt, American University
 Member, Academic Integrity Code and Grievance Committee, American
University
 Faculty Advisor, Juggling Club, American University
 Faculty Advisor, Democracy for America student club, American University
 Chair of the Christopher Newport University Campus International Study and
Work Abroad Committee of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium
 Member Presidential Taskforce on Curriculum and Academic Culture, Christopher
Newport University
 Member Faculty Peer-Review Committee, Andrew Velkey, Steven Breese,
Christopher Newport University
 Faculty Advisor, Model United Nations Society, International Relations
Organization (Christopher Newport University),
 Member, Political Theory Search Committee, Dept. of Govt, American University
TEACHING AWARDS
 Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment, School of Public Affairs,
American University
 Nominated Professor of the Year, Christopher Newport University
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2007
Aug. 2011
Jan. 2011
Jan. 2011
Oct. 2010
Feb. 2005
Feb. 2005
March 2003
2012
2010-2012
2008-2012
2012
2008-2009
2007-2008
2007-2008
2005-2006
2001-2003
2001-2003
2002-2003
2001-2004
1992-1993, 1994-1995
1995-1996
2008-2009
2001-02, 2002-03,
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 Faculty Student Life Award, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
 Outstanding Teaching in the General Education Program, School of Public Affairs,
American University
GRANTS AND ACADEMIC HONORS
 Faculty Research Award, (“Diffusing Notions of Gender Equality and Human
Rights across Parties: The Impact of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition on
its Competitors,” American University
 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Summer Stipend Award, Development of
Model United Nations Course, Christopher Newport University
 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, American University
 Milton Greenberg Scholarship, American University
 Dean's Scholar Award, American University
 Graduate Fellowship, American University
COURSES TAUGHT
Comparative Politics
 Introduction to Comparative Politics (20 times) [once at the Honors level]
 Dynamics of Political Change (upper-level comparative politics of revolutions)
(4 times)
 Post-Industrial Societies (upper-level) (once)
 Women in Comparative Politics (upper-level)(once)
 Politics of Peace in Northern Ireland (upper-level selected topics)(twice)
 Politics & Political Contestation (Ph.D. course in comparative politics of
dissent and opposition)
American Politics
 Politics in the U.S. (introduction to American government) (8 times) [once at
the Honors level]
 How Washington Works (introduction to American government for
international students) (twice)
Political Theory
 Individual Freedom vs. Authority (introduction to political theory) (17 times)
 Introduction to Politics (10 times)
International Relations
 International Organizations (upper-level)(4 times)
 US Foreign Policy (upper-level)(twice)
 International Relations Theory and World Issues (upper-level)(once)
Research
 Honors Senior Seminar Sequence (year-long)(four times)

Introduction to Political Research (16 times)
Teaching
 Seminar for Teaching Assistants (once)
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2003-04
2000-2001
1999-2000
2009-2010
2003
1996-1997
1993-1994
1991-1993
1991-1994
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