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Catherine Paden

Catherine Paden

Catherine Paden
  1. 617-521-2501
  2. Main Campus Building - E203A

Office Hours

Mondays 3:00-5:00pm

Catherine Paden (PhD, Northwestern University) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Simmons College. She specializes in American Politics. Her research and teaching interests focus on social movements, racial politics, interest groups, and how underrepresented groups gain political representation. Her current research examines the impact of local civil rights and economic justice organizing on national policy and interest group priorities. She has published her research in the DuBois Review and has contributed research on the Nation of Islam to a forthcoming volume on religion and American politics (University of Virginia, 2010). She is the author of Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor (University of Pennsylvania, 2011), which assesses whether, and how, low-income African Americans gain representation in anti-poverty legislative battles.

Professor Paden also teaches a bi-annual travel course in Washington, DC: National Politics Unplugged: How Washington Works.

Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D. in Political Science
Northwestern University

Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science
Vassar College