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Wendy Schiller

Fee Range: $3000 - $6000

Political Science Professor, Author, Lecturer


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Wendy Schiller

Political Science Professor, Author, Lecturer

Wendy Schiller is Professor of Political Science, International & Public Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Brown University (Twitter acct @profwschiller).  She did her undergraduate work in political science at the University of Chicago, served on the staffs of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo, and then obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.  After Fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Princeton University, she came to Brown University in 1994.  She teaches popular courses titled The American Presidency, Introduction to the American Political Process, and Congress and Public Policy at Brown University.  Among books she has authored or co-authored are Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment (Princeton University Press), Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government (Cengage), The Contemporary Congress (Rowman- Littlefield) and Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations (Princeton University Press).  She has also published in academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Politics.  She has been a frequent contributor to major national news and radio including CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, MPR, and Bloomberg Radio.  She also provides local political commentary to the Providence Journal, WPRO radio, RIPBS A Lively Experiment, and she is the political analyst for WJAR10, the local NBC affiliate in Providence.  Professor Schiller regularly gives speeches on current and historical American politics to local and national organizations. 


What Would the Founding Fathers Say About America Today?

Description: Is the U.S. the democratic republic that our Founders envisioned when they wrote the Constitution? What would the Founders have to say about the current struggle over war powers between the executive and congressional branches? What would their views be on gun control, same-sex marriage, and the role of religion in civil and political life, and how would they view the societal changes brought on by advances in technology? This talk explores the ideas and beliefs that influenced key actors in our nation’s founding and assesses the state of American democracy today in light of their expectations. The writings of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison will be explored. 

The Role and Power of Elections in the American Democracy

Description:  This forum will address how American elections have changed in terms of who runs for office, how gender, race, and ethnicity influence elections, the impact of big money, presidential electoral coattails, and the nature of political discourse in campaigns.  We will also examine what the Founding Fathers believed elections could accomplish, and what they might say about our current politics today.   

The American Dream for Women: Fantasy or Reality?

Description: This forum will address the issues of gender equality in the United States on economic, educational, political, racial, and social dimensions.  Do women have the same set of opportunities to pursue the American dream as men do?  Why or why not?  Where are women pushing ahead and where are women falling behind compared to their male counterparts?  We will also explore which governmental policies at the state and federal level might reduce existing inequality among men and women.

The Impact of Women in Politics 

Description: What do Nancy Pelosi, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Elizabeth Warren have in common? Each woman has achieved a high level of success in a politics.  But despite their individual success, women hold less than 20 percent of the membership of Congress, 24 percent of the membership of state legislatures, and 10 percent of governorships.  If we increase the number of women in government, will that make it run more smoothly and efficiently?  Do women have different governing styles and do they run for political office in ways that differ from men?  This talk will explore these general issues and also focus on key women who have forged influential careers at all levels of government.


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