Dara Z. Strolovitch holds appointments in Gender and Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, and the Department of Politics. Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, she was Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research explores the intersecting politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality in a polity marked by enduring, overlapping, and structural inequalities. Professor Strolovitch’s book, Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics addressed these issues by examining the extent to which and the ways in which advocates for women, people of color, and low-income people represent intersectionally marginalized subgroups of their constituencies. Affirmative Advocacy was awarded the APSA’s Gladys Kammerer Award for the best book on U.S. national policy, APSA’s Political Organizations and Parties section’s Leon Epstein Award, the American Sociological Association’s Race, Gender, and Class section’s Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, and the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action’s Virginia Hodgkinson Prize.
Her current book project, When Bad Things Happen to Privileged People, examines the political construction of crises and their implications for marginalized groups. She is a Founding Associate Editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity Politics and currently serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives on Politics, Politics, Groups, & Identities, the Journal of Interest Groups & Advocacy, and Politics & Gender. Her work has received grant and fellowship support from sources including the Brookings Institution, Georgetown University, the American Political Science Association, the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Irving Louis Horwoitz Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She received her B.A. in Political Science (with a minor in Women’s Studies) from Vassar College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.