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Drawing on the cases of four senior foreign policy decision-makers appointed by US presidents since 1980 (Jeane Kirpatrick, Madeleine Albright, Condolezza Rice, and Hillary Rodham Clinton), Professor Sylvia Bashevkin addresses the following questions:
What do we know about women’s participation in political executive roles? How useful are theories concerning gender and leadership to research on contemporary foreign policy elites?Which types of methodological approaches seem best suited to the study of national security and feminist politics among political executives? What conclusions can we draw from the available data?
Sylvia Bashevkin is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Professor Bashevkin’s distinctions include fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada and the Mildred Schwarz Lifetime Achievement Award in Canadian Politics from the American Political Science Association. Her newest book is “Women as Foreign Policy Leaders: National Security and Gender Politics in Superpower America.”