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Leanne DohertyDr. Leanne Doherty is the Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons College.

Before beginning her tenure as the Interim Dean, Dr. Doherty served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, where she was responsible for the design and development of new curriculum and the implementation academic of policies and procedures in the College of Arts and Sciences. She continues to serve as the Director of the Honors Program and as the Program Director for the Masters in Public Policy.

As Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Dr. Doherty taught courses in American Politics, with a focus on gender and public policy. She is the co-creator of the Master in Public Policy Program as well as the creator and former director of the Lee Family Foundation Intern Fellowship Program.

Dr. Doherty earned her B.A. in Government from Clark University and her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in political science with a concentration in public policy. Dr. Doherty’s research agenda focuses on gender, politics, and popular culture. Her book, Level Playing Field for All? Female Political Leadership and Athletics (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2011) explores the concept of athletes as elites in American society and how the disparity between male and female athletes decreases women’s status in the social eligibility pool, a key factor in successful achievement of political office.

She has also published research on political science and pedagogy in PS: Political Science and Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, and Politics and Gender. Her current research project looks at the role that social media plays on definitions of gender in politics and sports.

Expertise
  • Gender and participation in politics
  • Gender and sports equality
  • Public policy
  • Title IX
Publications
  • Level Playing Field For All? Female Political Leadership and Athletics
    Leanne Doherty
    Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2011
    "Leanne Doherty argues forcefully that amateur and professional athletic experience are now criteria in candidates' self-assessments and self-presentations and, by extension, in voters' decision-making. Her book surveys the political economics of sport, offers analyses of campaign websites, and provides a policy analysis of the battles that now define Title IX. In so doing, she delineates the ways in which sports gives or constrains access to power for men and for women." -- MaryAnne Borrelli, Connecticut College

  • "Gender Mainstreaming in Experiential Learning"
    Leanne Doherty, Politics and Gender, June 2013

  • "Filling the Female Political Pipeline: Assessing a Mentor-Based Internship Program"
    Leanne Doherty, Journal of Political Science Education, January 2011

  • "Community-Based Service Learning Summary"
    Doherty, L., Harkness, S., King, K., PS: Political Science and Politics, July 2006
Selected Appearances

"Playing at the Next Level: Elite Athletes and Political Participation," Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2010

"Filling the Female Political Pipeline: Assessing a Mentor-Based Internship Program," Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2009

"Walking the Walk to Talk the Talk: Increasing Female Political Participation through a Mentoring Internship Program," American Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2008

"Survey Says: Title IX and The Dept. of Education's Email Compliance Survey," Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2006

"Pinned Against the Mat: Title IX and the Bush Administration," Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2005