Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies
Director and Curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center
101 Monnet Hall
B.S. in Journalism, Northwestern University, 1972
M.A. in Urban Studies, Occidental College, 1975
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1995
Teaching and Research Interests: Women in Politics, Leadership in the Public Sector, State Government and Intergovernmental Relations, and Public Policy (Race and Gender Inequality)
Cindy Simon Rosenthal joined the Department of Political Science in 1995. She is Director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma and Professor of Political Science with a joint appointment to the Women's Studies faculty. Under her leadership, the Center developed its highly successful N.E.W. (National Education for Women’s) Leadership, a program to encourage and empower undergraduate women to enter public service and politics. N.E.W. Leadership has been honored six times by
Oklahoma’s Journal-Record “Woman of the Year” celebration as a program “making a difference.”
From 1975 until 1991, she worked extensively with state legislatures—first with Legis 50/ The Center for Legislative Improvement, later at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) , and then finally as a consultant with several states on various management, personnel, and training projects. She was on the NCSL senior management team and oversaw legislative management programs, state information services, and publications.
She edited Women Transforming Congress (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002) and is the author of When Women Lead (New York: Oxford University Press 1998). She is co-author, with Professor Ronald M. Peters, Jr., of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010). In 1996, the Women & Politics Section of the American Political Science Association recognized her dissertation as the best in the field of women in politics, and she won the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award. given for the best paper on women and politics at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting. She contributed chapters to The Oklahoma Almanac of Politics (1998, 1999), Women and Elective Office (1998), and Women in Higher Education: Empowering Change (2002). Her work also has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Legislatures, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Women & Politics. She serves on the editorial board of Women & Politics.
Among her awards and honors, Professor Rosenthal was named the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurleen Mabrey Presidential Professor in 2002 and was named Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist of the Year in 2000 by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. She was elected mayor of Norman, Oklahoma in 2007 after serving three years on the city council. She was re-elected for a second term in 2010.
Current Research: Professor Rosenthal's research and teaching interests focus on women in politics, leadership in the public sector and state legislatures specifically, state government and intergovernmental relations, and public policy issues involving race and gender inequality. She is currently involved in three major projects including research on gender differences in adolescent participation in politically oriented activities such as Model UN and legislative debate, an analysis of Title IX and intercollegiate athletics, and a study of gender representation in federal systems around the world.