Dolan's research and teaching interests focus on U.S. politics, encompassing:
bureaucratic politics, women and politics, public policy, research methods, and Congress. 

Dolan has been teaching at Macalester since 2001. 

EDUCATION: B.A., St. Olaf College; Ph.D., American University 

Journal Articles


Representative Bureaucracy. Article written originally in English and translated to Chinese (Mandarin) (with David H. Rosenbloom), Journal of Public Administration for China (2008)


Credit Claiming from the U.S. House: Gendered Communication Styles? (with J. Kropf), Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics (2004)



Women and Politics: Paths to Power and Political Influence (with Melissa Deckman and Michele L. Swers) (2007)

Contributions to Books

Women in the Obama Administration: Insiders or Outsiders Looking In?, Women and Executive Office: Pathways and Performance (2012)

Women as Leaders in Executive Service, Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook (2010)


Delivering the Best Care Anywhere: VA Physicians’ Role in Delivering Quality Health Care to Female Veterans, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (2015)