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Laura Woliver

Title: Professor
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Gambrell, 310
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Political Science


Laura R. Woliver’s primary interests are women and politics. In addition to being a professor in the Department of Political Science, she is the joint appointment with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Dr. Woliver is an expert on gender and politics, interest groups and social movements. Her primary research focus is American politics.

Dr. Woliver received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1985. She is the author of two books: The Political Geographies of Pregnancy (2002) and From Outrage to Action: The Politics of Grass-Roots Dissent, both from the University of Illinois Press. She has also published dozens of articles, book chapters, reviews and essays on women’s rights, reproductive politics, grass-roots organizing, and political protest. Her articles have appeared in Polity, Women & Politics, The Journal of Social Issues, Politics and Policy, The Western Political Quarterly, and Women’s Studies International Forum, to name a few.

She is very active in the Women’s Caucus for Political Science serving as the national president from 2004-2005. She is involved in University governance, and leadership for the American Political Science Association and the Southern Political Science Association.

Dr. Woliver teaches undergraduate courses which are cross-listed with the USC Women’s Studies Program. They are: POLI/WOST 307: Feminist Theory; POLI/WOST 352: Gender and Politics; WOST 499: The Women’s Studies Internship. Her graduate courses include: POLI 765: Political Parties and Interest Groups; POLI 760: American Politics; POLI 708: Women and Politics.