S. Laurel Weldon


B.A. (Simon Fraser University)
M.A. (University of British Columbia)
Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)



Email: laurel_weldon@sfu.ca
Phone: 778-782-4172
Office Location: AQ 6058
Website: www.laurelweldon.com


S. Laurel Weldon, is Professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She recently moved from Purdue University in the United states where she was Distinguished Professor and Director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute. She was founding Director of Purdue’s Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion (2011-2015), and Interim Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs (2013-2014) also at Purdue. Her work focuses on social movements, institutions and social policy. In particular, she examines the role of social movements in influencing public policy and is an expert on policies on violence against women. Weldon is the author of more than two dozen articles and book chapters as well as three books ((When Protest Makes Policy: How Social Movements Represent Disadvantaged Groups, U Michigan 2011) (which won the Victoria Schuck Award) and Protest, Policy and the Problem of Violence Against Women (University of Pittsburgh 2002)) and most recently, The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights Around the World (Cambridge 2018) (the latter co-authored with Mala Htun).  She is also co-editor of the first ever Oxford Handbook on Politics and Gender and founding co-editor of the journal Politics, Groups and Identities.  Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (United States) as well as the Gates and Mellon Foundations.   She is a past President of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Past President of the Women’s Caucus for APSA, co-Programme Chair for the Midwest Politics Science Association’s Annual Conference (2018), and a past member of the Executive Council for APSA, the national association's governing body.



The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women's Rights Around the World. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018) with Mala Htun.

Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics (co-edited with Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis, and Johanna Kantola). Oxford University Press, 2013. (Published in paperback. 2016)

When Protest Makes Policy: How Social Movements Represent Disadvantaged Groups

(Ann Arbor, MI, USA: University of Michigan Press 2011).

       • Winner of the Americal Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for best book on
          women and politics.

Protest, Policy and the Problem of Violence Against Women: A Cross-National Comparison (Pittsburgh, PA, USA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002).  (Excerpted in Readings in Comparative Politics, eds. Mark Kesselman and Joel Krieger, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006: 330-335).

Selected Articles

“Power, Exclusion and Empowerment: Feminist Innovation in Political Science.” Women’s Studies International Forum (forthcoming; published on-line June 7 2018) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2018.05.014

“Intersectionality and the Politics of Knowledge Production” with Liza Mügge. Celeste Montoya, and Akwugo Emejulu European Journal of Politics and Gender 2018, 1 1-2, pp. 17-36.

“Religious Power, the State, and Women’s Rights” Politics & Gender (December 2015) with Mala Htun.

“Making Change: Norm-Based Strategies for Institutional Change to Address Intractable Problems” March 2014, Political Research Quarterly, with Leigh Raymond, Ximena Arriaga, Dan Kelly and Ann Clark.

“The Civic Origins of Progressive Policy Change: Combating Violence against Women in Global Perspective” 106 (3) August 2012, American Political Science Review (with Mala Htun)

“The Structure of Intersectionality: A Comparative Politics of Gender.” Politics & Gender. Symposium on the Comparative Politics of Gender. Vol 2 (2) 2006. 

“Women’s Movements, Identity Politics and Policy Impact: A Study of Policies on Violence Against Women in the 50 U.S. States” Political Research Quarterly. 58 (1) March 2006.

“Inclusion, Solidarity and Social Movements: The Global Movement on Gender Violence” Perspectives on Politics 4(1) (March 2006): 55-74.

“Beyond Bodies: Institutional Sources of Representation for Women.”  Journal of Politics 64 (4) (November 2002): 1153-1174. (Reprinted in Women, Gender and Politics ed. Childs and Krook).