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Kaitlin Sidorsky

Assistant Professor, Politics

Jonathan Doe
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Brittain Hall 349

Spring 2018 Hours: Monday/Wednesday 11am-1pm

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. Her dissertation entitled, "One Way or Another? Understanding Women's Paths to Appointed and Elected Office" 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 transitioning her dissertation into a book manuscript

Sidorsky also researches the intersection of federalism and gender-related 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 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