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B.S. May 1978, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Major in Political Science, Minor in French
M.A. December 1983, Political Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Thesis: "Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Citizen Participation." For: Leon Epstein.
Ph.D. December 1987, Political Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Dissertation: Gender Power Relations In Public Bureaucracies. Supervisor: Virginia Sapiro.
Management Development Program, Harvard University, Summer, 1996Back to Top
Professor, 1998-present, Department of Political Science
Special Assistant to Vice President
of Academic Affairs,
Chair, 2009-2011, 2000-05, Department of
Department of Political Science.
Women's Studies Program, 1997-98, 1987-1990
Associate Dean of the College: 1993-97
Chair: Interdisciplinary Studies, 1993-97
Director of Computer Services: 1993-95
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, 1986-1992
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Lafollette School of Public Affairs:
Faculty for Annual Seminar, Wisconsin Women In Government, Women and Public Sector Leadership, 2001-present
Research Faculty, sabbatical, 2006-7
Department of Political Science,
Teaching and Research Professor, sabbatical, 2006-07
Lecturer and Legislative Internship Program, 1985-1986.
Project Assistant 1984-85, Summer 1983.
Teaching Assistant: Spring 1984; Spring 1983; Fall 1982.
University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Student Affairs
Student Involvement Advisor, 1981-1982. Co-created and implemented a university-wide information system of experiential learning opportunities available to students on campus and in the community.
Volunteer/Service-Learning Advisor, 1978-1981. Established and
supervised a student volunteer/service-learning program which involved over 700
students yearly in 72 positions with 40 community organizations. Served
as town/gown liaison.
Fulbright Senior Specialist, Grantee, US Women and Politics, 2008.
Adalijiza Sosa-Riddell Award for
APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession and the
Latino Caucus, 2003.
Best Radio Editorial, Silver Dome Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, Illinois Broadcasters Association, “Did Democracy Fail?,” third place, 2000.
Associated Press, Best Illinois
Broadcast Political Commentary, “Did Democracy Fail?,” second place, 2000.
Centennial Grant, American Political Science Association, “The Women’s Caucus for Political Science and the Discipline,” 1999-2000.
Best radio editorial, Silver Dome
Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, Illinois Broadcasters Association,
“Conservatives Need To Conserve,” third place, 1999.
Honorary Fellow, Center for Research on Women, University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1992-1993.
Best Paper presented on Women and
Politics at the 1989 meeting of the American Political Science Association,
Honorable Mention, Women's Caucus for Political Science, 1990.
Chester A. Berry Scholar Award for excellence in writing, (with Chris Golde), Association of College Unions-International, 1988.
Dissertation Fellowship, Alternate,
American Association of University Women, 1985.
Sophonisba Breckinridge Award for best paper presented on Women and Politics, Midwest Political Science Association, 1985.
Outstanding Young Career Woman of
the Year, National Federation of Professional Women's Groups, 1982.
Speaker on gender and race in the 2008 presidential election. Speaker Program. US State Department, Public Information Section, Serbia, July 4-12, 2008.
“Toward ‘A More Decent Politics and Society:’ Political Science, Intersectionality, and Public Sector Leadership.” Paper presented at the Women and Political Leadership Research Conference: EnGENDERING Theories of Difference and Commonality: Women and Political Leadership in an Era of Identity Politics. American University, April 11-12, 2008.
Specialist and workshop leader, Women’s Empowerment. Speaker Program. U.S. State Department, Public Information Section, Tirana, Albania, October 9-20, 2007.
Speaker on topics related to Women’s Role in U.S. Politics. Speaker Program, U.S. State Department, Public Information Section, Serbia, March 17-24, 2007.
“Women In Congress.” Conference: All Eyes On the Hill: The 2006 Congressional Elections and the Road Ahead for American Politics and Canada-US Relations. Hosted by the Center for United States Studies of the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Canada, October 5, 2006.
Senior Scholar, presented paper, “The Consequences of Gender for Women’s Political Leadership,” First Annual Conference on Women and Political Leadership, the Women and Politics Institute, American University, April7-9, 2006.
Senior Scholar, presented on “Gender and Political Leadership,” and small group facilitator, Preconference Workshop on Gender and Politics. Sponsored by the Research Section on Women and Politics of the American Political Science Association, at the Women and Politics Institute, American University, August 31, 2005.
“Women and Political Leadership: Is Wisconsin Moving Forward?” Women¹s Studies Research Center and the Lafollette School of Public Affairs, Speakers Series on the Status of Women In Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 28, 2005.
“Political Leadership and Participation.” Plenary session. Second Summit: Wisconsin Women = Prosperity, sponsored by Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton, Madison, WI, March 22, 2005.
“How Women Govern,” Women Leading Local Governments Initiative, First Biennial Policy Summit, Susan B. Anthony Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, November 12, 2004.
Panelist, Why Women Matter Summit. The White House Project, Washington D.C., March 3, 2003.
“Manliness, Ideology, and Congress as Governing Institution: Implications for Women in Congress.” Conference on Women Transforming Congress: Gender Analyses of Institutional Life. The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, April 13-15, 2000.
“Institutions, Ideologies, and the Possibility of Equal Political Representation.” Conference on Politics, Rights, and Representation: Achieving Equality Across the Lines of Gender, Race and Sexuality in the United States, France and South Africa. Center for Gender Studies, The University of Chicago, October 14-17, 1999.
“Masculinism and Feminism: Why Debate.” Second Annual United Nations Conference on Women, North Texas, Dallas, October 23-25, 1998.
"Organizing and Conducting Candidate Debriefings." Workshop at National Steering Committee Meeting of the National Women's Political Caucus, Denver, September 23-25, 1995.
"Successful Radio Interviews." National Women's Political Caucus of Milwaukee, Media Workshop, January 28, 1995.
Organizer, Candidate Debriefing Workshops. National Women's Political Caucus of Wisconsin, in three locations, January, 1995, 1993.
"Women, Willing and Able to Lead." Keynote speaker, Women of Distinction Dinner, YWCA, Beloit, WI, April 19, 1992.Back to Top
Johnson, Cathy Marie, Georgia Duerst-Lahti, and Noelle Norton, Creating Gender: The Sexual Politics of Welfare Policy, (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2007).
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia and Rita Mae Kelly eds., Gender Power, Leadership, and Government. (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press), 1995.
Duerst-Lahti and Kelly, "On Governance, Leadership, and Gender;
Kelly and Duerst-Lahti, " The Study of
Gender Power and Its Links to Governance and Leadership;"
Duerst-Lahti and Dayna Verstegen,
" Making Something of Absence: The 'Year of the Woman and Women's
Duerst-Lahti and Kelly, "Conclusions."
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia. Guest Editor. Symposium: Gender and Race in the 2008 Presidential Election, PS: Political Science and Politics, October 2008, Vlo XLI, 4: 733-64.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia. 2008. “Seeing What’s Always Been: Opening the Study of the Presidency,” pp 733-38.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia. “Governing Institutions, Ideologies, and Gender: Toward the Possibility of Equal Political Representation,” Sex Roles, Nov. 2002, pp. 371-388.
Johnson, Cathy Marie and Georgia Duerst-Lahti, "Private Lives and Public Work: Professional Career in State Civil Service." Review of Public Personnel Administration XII: 1 (Sep.-Dec) pp.14-31. 1992.
Kelly, Rita Mae, Mary E. Guy, Jane Bayes, Georgia Duerst-Lahti, Lois L. Duke, Mary M.Hale, Cathy Johnson, Amal Kawar, and Jeanie Stanley, "Public Managers in the States: A Comparison of Career Advancement by Sex," Public Administration Review, Vol. 51, No.5 (September/October 1991) pp.402-411.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, and Cathy M. Johnson, "Gender, Style, and Bureaucracy," Women & Politics, Vol.10, No.4 (1990) pp.67-120.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, "But Women Play the Game Too: Communication Control and Influence in Administrative Decision Making," Administration & Society, Vol. 22:2 (August 1990), pp.182-205.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, "The Government's Role in Building the Women's Movement," Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 104, No. 2 (Summer 1989), pp. 249-268.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, “The Consequences of Gender for Leadership.” Women and Leadership, Karen O’Connor, ed. Sage Publications, 2010.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, “Presidential Elections As Gendered Space,” Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics, 2nd ed. Sue Carroll and Richard Fox, editors, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia. “Gender Ideology: Masculinism and Feminalism.” Politics, Gender, and Concepts: Theory and Methodology. Gary Goertz and Amy G. Mazur, eds. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, pp. 159-192. 2008.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia. “Seeing What Has Always Been”: Opening Study of the Presidency “
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia. “Masculinity on the Campaign Trail.” In Rethinking Madam President: Is American Ready for a Woman in the White House?, Lori Cox Han and Caroline Heldman eds. Boulder, CO: Lynn Rienner. 2008.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, "Executive Power and the Consequences of Masculinism." Reprinted in Gendering American Politics: Perspectives from the Literature. Karen O’Connor, Sarah E. Brewer, and Michael Philip Fisher, editors. New York: Pearson Longman, 2006.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, “Presidential Elections As Gendered Space,” Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics. Sue Carroll and Richard Fox, editors, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 12-42.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, “Institutional Gendering: Theoretical Insights into the Environment of Women Officeholders,” Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future , 2nd ed., Sue Thomas and Clyde Wilcox, editors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, “Knowing Congress as a Gendered Institution: Manliness and the Implications of Women in Congress,” Chapter Two, Women Transforming Congress, Cindy Simon Rosenthal, editor. Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma Press, 2002, 20-49.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, "Women as Candidates: Recruitment and Success." In Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future, Sue Thomas and Clyde Wilcox, eds., Oxford University Press, 1998.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, "Executive Power and the Consequences of Masculinism." In The Other Elites: Women, Politics, and Power in the Executive Branch, Mary Anne Borrelli and Janet M. Martin, eds. Boulder Colorado: Lynn Rienner Publishers, 1997.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, "Enter Women: Modest Change in American Politics." In An American Quarter Century: From Vietnam to Clinton, Phillip Davies, ed. (London: St. Martin's Press, 1995).
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, "Wisconsin Commission on the Status of Women and The Wisconsin Women's Council." In Women's Issues Groups, Sarah Slavin, Editor. Greenwood Press, 1995.
Duerst-Lahti, Georgia, "The Government's Role in Building the Women's Movement" (reprint). In Critical Issues for Clinton's Domestic Agenda: Essays from Political Science Quarterly, Demetrios Caraley, editor. (New York: The Academy of Political Science, 1994, pp. 155-174).
In Women and Men of the States, Mary E. Guy, Editor. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1992.
· Duerst-Lahti, Georgia and Cathy Marie Johnson, "Styles, Stereotypes, and Advantage;"
· Mary E. Guy and Georgia Duerst-Lahti, "Agency Culture and Its Managers;"
· Johnson, Cathy Marie and Georgia Duerst-Lahti, "Public Work and Personal Lives."
“Entering the US Natural Products Marketplace: The Perils and Promise of Indigenous Plants.” Indigenous Plant Use Forum, June 28-July 1, 2010, Keimos, South Africa.
“A Plan for Experiential Learning at Beloit College,” and “Self Study of the Experiential Learning Program at Beloit College,” in collaboration with members of the Experiential Learning Committee, 2005.
Beloit College, Department of Political Science, Self-Study Report, in collaboration with departmental colleagues, January 2005, pp.50+.
Directions for the WW=P (Wisconsin Women Equals Prosperity) Taskforce: Leadership and Political Participation, 20004-05. “Reconceptualizing Leadership and Political Participation Taskforce Efforts.” For Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton. August 12, 2004.
“Conclusion: More Women in Political Leadership–Strategies for the Coming Decade,” Why Women Matter: Lessons About Women’s Political Leadership From Home & Abroad. The White House Project, Summit Briefing Book, March 3, 2003, pp. 48-51.
“The Evansville Initiative,” a two-year plan to move Evansville into the future through a focus on energy, contributor for primary author Janice Anderson, Spring 2002.
“Models of Collaboration: Building Betters Schools by Working Together,” with Gary Albrecht, Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin School Boards Association, Milwaukee, January 2002.
Evansville Community School District, overseeing and drafting complete revision of district policy manual, 1999 to 2004.
“Research Sections, Leadership, and the Uneven Existence of Political Science for Women,” a research paper with recommendations presented to Council of the American Political Science Association, April 2001.
Evansville Community Partnership, January 2001. A concept paper for community development, “Evansville: Energy Valley of the Silicon Prairie, Where the Pride of the Past Fuels the Future,” January 2001.
Voters Guide to the Evansville School District Referendum, Spring 1999. And many letters to the editor, internal reports and analyses.
Women’s Caucus for Political Science, position paper to the Strategic Planning Committee, newsletter articles, information for PS.
Running Small, Winning Big: A Guide for Women in Small Campaigns. Copyright, National Women's Political Caucus, 1994.
Numerous press releases, newsletter articles, action guides for the National Women's Political Caucus--Wisconsin. Served as consultant to the national office of NWPC on publications for state and local caucuses, 1992-95.
Golde, Chris and Georgia Duerst-Lahti, "The Handmaids Tale: The student affairs perspective in the university setting," The Bulletin of the Association of College Unions-International, Vol. 56:3 (May 1988) pp.19-23.Back to Top
Member, Governmental Affairs Committee, American Herbal Products Association, 2008-10.
Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Non-Ph.D.Granting Institutions of the Midwest Political Science Association, 2005-06.
Executive Council Member, Midwest Political Science Association, 2002-2005.
Member, Committee on the Status of Women, American Political Science Association, 2002-2005.
Member, Journal Committee to establish Politics & Gender with Cambridge University Press, Research Section on Women and Politics of the American Political Science Association, 2002-2003.
Co-Chair, Women of Color Committee, Women’s Caucus for Political Science, 2002; member 2003-04.
Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, American Political Science Association, ex officio member, 1999-2000.
President, Women’s Caucus for Political Science, 1999-2000.
President-elect, Women’s Caucus for Political Science, 1998-99.
President, Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science, 1996-7.
Editorial Board, Women & Politics, 1994 to 2004.Back to Top
Chair, International Education Committee, 2010-11.
Co-chair 2007-08, 2005-06 and Member, Experiential Learning Committee, 2004-6, 2007-9.
Co-Chair, Beloit College NCA Taskforce on Organization, Governing, Planning, and Communication, 2004-6.
Special Projects Assistant, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2003-6. Worked to mediate in troubled departments and with External Affairs to raise funds for Academic Affairs as part of $100 million comprehensive campaign.
Team Leader, Democracy and Global Citizenship Project, funded by the American Association of Universities and Colleges, 2002-4.
Elected member, Professional and Program Development Committee, 2002-5, Chair, 2002-3.
Elected member, Personal Harassment Committee, 2000-3.
Beloit College Representative, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Committee On Women's Concerns, 1987-1989, 1999-2000.
Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, 1995-1997.
Coordinator, Summer Programs, 1993-1997.
Director, Minority Students in Academic Careers, 1994-1997.
Chair, Technologies Committee, 1993-1995.
Member, Campus Facilities Committee, 1995.
Mediator for three departments, one program as they revised curriculum, 1995-97.
Member, Campus Strategic Planning Committee, 1992-1994.
Elected member of Faculty Status and Performance Committee, 1988-1991 (the college tenure committee).
Co-Chair, Women's Concerns Committee, 1987-1990. Established day care center on campus, collaborated in creating parental leave policy.Back to Top
Member, Evansville Energy Independence Team, 2008 to present. Run by the City of Evansville which is one of 20 Wisconsin municipalities who model how to achieve 20% energy independence by 2020, 2009-present.
Wisconsin State Executive Committee, Hillary Clinton Campaign, 2007-08.
Member, Public Benefits Committee, Evansville Water & Light, Co. Recommends allocation of funds collected for energy conservation and alternative source development, 2004-07.
Coordinator, Leadership Team, The Evansville Initiative, an initiative to move Evansville to the future through a focus on energy, 2001-07.
Debate moderator, The Future of Social Security, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, , sponsored by DR!VEN (Democracy Rocks! Inspired Voters Empowerment Network), Janesville, Aug. 9, 2005.
Contributing Steering Committee Member, Wisconsin Women Equals Prosperity (WW=P), headed by Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton, 2004-05.
School Board, Vice-President, Evansville Community Schools, 1999-2002, Member 1998-2004. Chair, Building and Grounds Committee, 1999-2003; Policy Committee 1999-2004; member Technology Committee; Academic Excellence Task Force.
Debate panelist, First Congressional District debate between Mark Neumann and Lydia Spotswood, sponsored by WCLO/WJVL radio and The Janesville Gazette, October 22, 1996.
Facilitator, DebateWatch '96, Beloit College site.
Founder, Member of the Board, Women Candidate Development Coalition of Wisconsin, 1993-1995. Co-created the "Spotlight Luncheon" to feature rising star female politicians. Consultant: Recruitment project, 1996-7.
National Women's Political Caucus of Wisconsin, State Co-Chair, 1992-1995; Appointments Coordinator, 1986-7; member of State Policy Council, 1986-1995.
National Women’s Political Caucus: National Steering Committee, Delegate, 1992-95. Appointments Committee, 1985-87. Wisconsin delegate to the Biennial Meeting of the National Women's Political Caucus, Houston, August 13-17, 1997; Nashville, August 3-6, 1995; Los Angeles, July 8-11, 1993; Washington D.C., July, 1991.
Local host, "We the People" Town Hall (Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin State Journal, with Dave Iverson and Tom Stills), Beloit site 1992.
Co-Founder, National Heritage Task Force of Beloit, 1991.
Member of Board of Directors, Wisconsin-Nicaragua
Partners of the Americas,
1981-82. Traveled to Nicaragua
in 1981 and subsequently wrote successful grant to obtain sewing machines to
establish a Women's Sewing
School in Chiquilistaqua.
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Public Radio—Wisconsin: Political analyst for “Week in Review” (2004-present), frequent talk show guest expert on elections, presidency, women and politics for Joy Cardine, Tom Clark, Jean Feracca, Kathlene Dunn, Ben Merins; Minnesota: The Mid-Morning Show; New Hampshire. 1992 to present. Commentator, Northern Illinois Public Radio. 1998 to 2001, three awards (see above).
Interviews, Op/Ed, election, gender and elections, political or higher ed analysis: The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, News Day, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Antonio, The Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette, Appleton Post Crescent, Janesville Gazette, Beloit Daily News.
Television: Fox News, CNN: CNN & Company (1999); Wisconsin Public Television: “Wisconsin Weekend”; Rockford and Madison stations, political analysis and commentary, 1997 to present.
Wisconsin Radio Network and other commercial stations statewide: Political analyst for elections 1992-2006, and other political events.
National Women's Political Caucus of Wisconsin. Numerous press conferences, press releases,
ongoing press relations, 1992-5. Created
"women and politics central" for campaign coverage during 1992
election; became primary state source for "year of the woman"
Southern Africa: Reseach and membership in the Indigenous Plant Use Forum July 2009, 2010. Attended (2009) at in Stellenbosch, South Africa and presented (2010) Keimos, South Africa.
Investigated fair trade as a means to empower the rural poor through commercializing organic and sustainable ingredients, trading fairly into the US natural products marketplace.
Profiled fair trade producer groups for policy impacts: empowerment, food, health.
Malaysia: July and November 2008. Investigating opportunities for new and fair trade through social entrepreneurial ventures in natural and organic products focused on small farmers.
Serbia: July 2008. March 2007. Speaker Program. U.S. State Department, Public Information Section, Gender and Race in 2008 Election; Women Role and Equality in US Politics and Society.
Albania: October 2007: Women’s Empowerment. Speaker Program. U.S. State Department.
Australia: July 2006. Investigate environmental studies semester abroad opportunities.
Viet Nam: January 1993. CIEE Faculty Seminar.
Nicaragua: July 1981. Partners of the Americas. Wrote grant to create a women’s sewing center.
Soviet Union: March 1978. Undergraduate study tour within course on Soviet politics.
Poland: Fall semester 1977. Undergraduate semester study abroad. Jagelonia University
Malaysia: Spring semester 1976. Undergraduate semester study abroad.Back to Top