Academics - Faculty Profiles

Rachel VanSickle-Ward, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Studies

Rachel VanSickle-Ward, PhD

Education:

MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Pitzer College

Research Interests:

Public policy, American politics, California/state politics, women in politics, legal politics and policy-making

Recent Courses:

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Law and Politics
  • US Electoral Politics
  • The Battle over Birth Control
  • California Politics
  • Women in Politics
  • Research Methods
  • Direct Democracy

Selected Publications:

The Devil is in the Details: Understanding the Causes of Policy Specificity and Ambiguity. SUNY Press. January 2014.

Peer Reviewed Articles

“Making it Personal: Assessing the Impact of In-Class Exercises on Closing the Gender Gap in Political Ambition,” (with Jill Greenlee and Mirya Holman) Journal of Political Science Education. Journal of Political Science Education, vol. 10, no. 1 (January 2014).

“An [Un]clear Conscience Clause: The Causes and Consequences of Statutory Ambiguity in State Contraceptive Mandates,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Forthcoming. With Amanda Hollis-Brusky.

“The Politics of Precision: Specificity in State Mental Health Policy,” State and  Local Government Review 42 (April 2010):
3-21.

Other Publications

“‘Narrow’ Hobby Lobby Ruling Dangerously Affirms that Women’s Health is Separate.” Talking Points Memo, July 3, 2014.

Review of Racial and Ethnic Politics in California: Continuity and Change, eds. Sandra Bass and Bruce E. Cain and The New Political Geography of California, eds. Fredrick Douzet, Thad Kousser and Kenneth P. Miller, Perspectives on Politics 8 (March 2010): 355-357.

“The 2003 Recall Debates: Issues, Candidates, and Media Coverage” (with Darshan Goux), in Governing California: Politics, Government and Public Policy in the Golden State, ed. Gerald C. Lubenow, Berkeley: Berkeley Public Policy Press 2006.

“Marshall v. Barlow’s Incorporated: Legitimizing Regulatory Enforcement” (with Robert Kagan), in Administrative Law Stories, ed. Peter Strauss, New York: Foundation Press 2005.

Conferences Presentations and Invited Talks (since 2005)

“Covering Contraception: The Impact of Gender on Media Coverage of the Contraception Mandate” (with Kevin Wallsten and Shiayana Gunasekara) presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C., August 2014.

“Wrestling with Conscience: Construction and Litigation of Conscience Clauses in Contraception Insurance Law,” (with Amanda Hollis-Brusky) presented at Southwestern Law School, April 2013. “The Battle Over Birth Control: Gendered Dimensions of the Contraception Policy Debate” (with Kevin Wallsten and Shiayana Gunasekara) presented at the Annual Meeting of Western Political Science Association in Hollywood, March 2013.

Panelist, “Election Year Politics and Economics,” Inland Empire Forecast Conference hosted by the Inland Empire Center at Claremont McKenna College and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Ontario, CA, October 2012.

An [Un]clear Conscience Clause: The Causes and Consequences of Statutory Ambiguity in State Contraceptive Mandates,” (with Amanda Hollis-Brusky) presented at the International Conference on Law and Society Honolulu, June 2012.

“Making it Personal: Female Students and Running for Political Office,” (with Jill Greenlee) presented at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, January 2012.

“Are Latinas More ‘Dovish’ Than Latinos? Evidence from the 2006 Latino National Survey,” (with Adrian Pantoja) presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, March 2011, and the Annual Meeting of Western Political Science Association in San Antonio, April 2011.

“An Unclear Conscience Clause: Contraception Access in the States,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington D.C., September 2010.

“Framing Clinton: Gender and Media Coverage of the 2008 Primary Debates,” (with Darshan Goux) presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Toronto, September 2009.

“The Fuzzy Front End and the Policy Primordial Soup: Linking Policy Cycles to New Product Development Cycles,” (with Preeta M. Banerjee) presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Toronto, September 2009.

“Prophecy, Performance and Pronouncement: Media Coverage of the 2008 Primary Debates,” (with Darshan Goux) presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston, August 2008.

“Agreeing to Disagree: Party Conflict and Policy Specificity in California,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association in San Diego, March 2008 and the Annual Meeting of the State Politics and Policy conference in Philadelphia, May 2008.

“Explicit Language: Fragmentation and Policy Specificity in Mental Health Parity,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, April 2006.

“Self-fulfilling Prophecy? Media Coverage of California’s 2003 Gubernatorial Debates” (with Darshan Goux), presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Oakland, March 2005.

Additional Information:

Curriculum Vitae