Georgia Duerst-Lahti is Professor of Political Science and a faculty member of the Women's and Gender Studies Program. She received her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Political Science and did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Since 2001, she has been faculty for an annual seminar on women in public leadership, which is jointly sponsored by Wisconsin Women In Government and the La Follette School of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She spent her recent sabbatical at the UW, with appointments in political science, the La Follette School, and Women's Studies.

She joined the Beloit College in 1986 and teaches courses in U.S. government, including those related to political parties and elections, presidency, congress, public leadership, media, and women and gender. Her courses regularly contribute to the American Studies Minor and Environmental Studies, as well as the Women's and Gender Studies curriculum. She incorporates a global perspective into all of her courses.

During her time at Beloit College, she has held many administrative positions. She served as Chair of Women's Studies 1987-1990 and again 1997-8 and as Chair of the Department of Political Science from 2000-05. From 1993-7, she worked as Associate Dean of the College, with duties that have included directing the First-Year Initiatives and Sophomore Year Program, heading Computer Services as it reorganized, acting as Interim Director of the Beloit College Museums, and Chairing the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. She also has served as a special assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs to help develop stronger departments.

Duerst-Lahti is a frequent guest expert and analyst for public radio, regularly contributing to the "Week In Review" program with Joy Cardine.  She also regularly contributes to newspapers and web sources, especially about campaigns and elections. During 2007, she began to participate in the U.S. State Department Speaker Program, as an expert on women and gender politics, serving in Serbia and Albania.

In professional associations, she has been elected as President of the Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science and the President of the national Women's Caucus for Political Science. She was appointed to the Committee on the Status of Women of the American Political Science Association and the Executive Council of the Midwest Political Science Association.  She also has been very active in many women's political activities including Wisconsin Women's Equals Prosperity (WW=P), headed by Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton, and the National Women's Political Caucus where she served as Wisconsin state chair and on its national executive committee. From 1998-2003, she was elected to the Board of the Evansville Community School District, and served as its vice president for three years. She continues to serve on the executive board of the Evansville Initiative, a civic betterment group determined to foster progressive approaches to energy, and is a member of the Evansville Public Benefits Committee, which distributes funds for energy conservation.

Her research interests center on the gendering of political institutions and on gender in campaigns. Recent publications include a book, Creating Gender: The Sexual Politics of Welfare Policy (Lynne Reinner, 2007) co-authored with Cathy Johnson and Noelle Norton.  Other contributions include a chapter on masculinity on the campaign trail in Rethinking Madame President and a chapter on masculinity in the presidential election, in Gender and the Election 2004, Susan Carroll and Richard Fox, editors. Her research appears in several journals, including Sex Roles, Women and Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. Her best-known work continues to be Gender Power, Leadership, and Government, with Rita Mae Kelly, published by University of Michigan Press. She continues researching gender and race in the presidency.  Her current major project "Changing Gender, Race, and Leadership of Public Organizations" involves a 20-year comparison through structured interviews with state administrative elites and structural power analysis, employing methodologies consistent with the intersectionality paradigm.

For fun, she raises and arranges flowers and teaches kids how to do this through 4H. She also enjoys photography, collecting art, and daily walks with her dog. She lives in Evansville with her husband, Tris.  Her daughter, Elena attends Knox College and her son Alex attends the College of Wooster.  She thanks all of her former students who stay in touch, because she really enjoys that too.