Kaitlin Sidorsky - Coastal Carolina University
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Kaitlin Sidorsky

Associate Professor, Political Science

Contact Kaitlin Sidorsky
843-349-4027 ksidorsky@coastal.edu

Brittain Hall 349

Office Hours
T/Th 1-2:30 p.m.

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Kaitlin N. Sidorsky has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Brown University (2012 & 2015), and a BA in Politics and Law from Bryant University (2010). She teaches courses in American National Government, State Politics, Political Communication, and Gender and Politics.

Sidorsky's research involves the role that gender plays in political ambition, recruitment, and public service. Her book entitled, All Roads Lead to Power: Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women (University Press of Kansas, May 2019) explores the different pathways and ambitions of the men and women who have taken the appointed route to public office in comparison to electoral route. She has an article in Political Research Quarterly from this work entitled "Moving on Up? The Gendered Ambitions of State-Level Appointed Officials" (2015). An associated blog post on the paper for the London School of Economics USAPP American Politics and Policy blog is available now. She is currently working on a new research project that explores the hidden public service of women on state boards and commissions. 

Sidorsky also researches the intersection of federalism and domestic violence policies at the state and federal level with Wendy Schiller, Ph.D. (Brown University). This project explores the ways in which women’s opportunities may differ according to the personal security laws in her state and how they interact with federal and local policy.


Ph.D., Political Science, Brown University 2015
M.A., Political Science, Brown University 2012
B.A., Politics and Law, Bryant University 2010

Teaching Areas

American National Government, State Politics, Political Communication, and Gender and Politics. 

Research Areas

Women and Politics, State Politics, American Politics, Public Policy, Federalism, Bureaucracy

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