Kelly Dittmar


courtesy Kelly Dittmar

As the subject of sexual harassment has become a huge topic of conversation in American society today, Kelly Dittmar, critical of abusive politicians on both sides of the aisle, has lent her voice to the discussion. An assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University–Camden, Dittmar GSNB’12 is regularly called on for her expertise by the New York Times and other media, lending the insight gleaned from her other role as a scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Dittmar’s book Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns (Temple University Press, 2015) describes the circumscribed manner in which women, heeding to a double standard, have had to conduct their campaigns. But as growing numbers of women, emboldened by the changing times, contemplate elected office, the political world that Dittmar depicted may soon be a thing of the past.