Research Projects

Through the center, academic scholars will be researching the history of women’s leadership and civic engagement in Texas. They also will be offering a report with steps about increasing voter turnout and citizen advocacy, starting in primary schools.

Current Projects:

The teaching of civics in Texas Schools in collaboration with Icivics and Tufts University

TWU faculty members Wouter van Erve, Ph.D., and Clare Brock, Ph.D., are sharing a joint appointment with the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy. They have developed a survey, which, pending IRB approval, will measure civic education attitudes and training among Texas teachers and administrators. The survey also asks questions about the survey participants' own civics knowledge and engagement. From this survey, they will produce a white paper to be shared with the Texas Legislature on the state of civics education in Texas, and on what kind of additional training educators desire in this particular area. Additionally, they will publish research on the relationship between educators' own civics knowledge and behaviors and their confidence in teaching such material to students. Potential journals for publication include State Politics & Policy Quarterly (SPPQ) or the Journal of Political Science Education (JPSE).


Determining how many elected officials serve in Texas, and of that number, how many are women

TWU recent alumna Madeline Sertner-Keck has been conducting research, in conjunction with the Lone Star Parity Project, to determine how many elected officials there are in Texas and what percentage of those officials are women. This is a four-part process, including County, City, Special District and State & Federal offices. Because no one has attempted this before, Keck is having to locate every elected official and sort them by gender individually. Part 1, County, is planned to be complete by July 16, at which point she will be progressing into City. Lone Star Parity Project has promised to devote some interns to the process of checking into officials whose gender cannot be easily determined, as well as vacant positions. The end result of this project will be a new contribution to the study of women’s status in Texas politics, and it will provide a springboard for various groups to see how much further they need to go to improve gendered representation in Texas politics.

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