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Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America
  • Carol Hardy-Fanta, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Pei-te Lien, PhD, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Dianne Pinderhughres, PhD, Notre Dame College
  • Christine Marie Sierra, PhD, University of New Mexico
This book constitutes a first-of-its-kind study of racial and ethnic minorities holding elective office in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Building on data from the Gender and Multicultural Leadership (GMCL) National Database and Survey, it provides a baseline portrait of Black, Latino, Asian American and American Indian elected officials – the women and men holding public office at the national, state, and local levels of government. Analysis reveals commonalities and differences across race and gender groups on their backgrounds, paths to public office, leadership roles, and policy positions. Challenging mainstream political science theories in their applicability to elected officials of color, the book offers new understandings of the experiences of women and men holding public office today. Gains in political representation and influence by people of color may be transforming the American political landscape, but they have occurred within a contested political context, one where struggles for racial and gender equality continue.
Publication Date
Fall 2016
Cambridge University Press
Citation Information
Carol Hardy-Fanta, Pei-te Lien, Dianne Pinderhughes, and Christine Marie Sierra. (In press.) Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America. New York: Cambridge University Press (Summer, 2016).